Happy almost Friday! I wanted to post this on Monday with my race recap, but I didn't have my cord with me. Here I am just about to start my final leg of the race, the 7.28 lonely gravel miles in the middle of clearcut. The neon shirt I'm wearing is this year's race shirt. We weren't so excited about the color, but I figured it couldn't hurt to wear it during the race.
Today's Take it and Run Thursday Topic:
Whether training for a specific race or just running for the fun of it, we all experience the ups and downs of running. What do you do to get yourself motivated to run when it feels like it's the last thing you want to do?
Once in a while, I'll admit, running feels like the last thing my mind or my body want to do. On those days, I usually grab the ipod (because it provides just a bit more motivation) and I commit myself to 20 minutes minimum. Usually, by 20 minutes, the adrenaline is flowing and I'm enjoying myself enough that I don't want to stop. My other trick is that I'll tell myself I can walk after 15 or 20 min and then run again when I feel like it. Works wonders!
I also think running away from your house (like driving to a park) is useful because you can't just turn around after 5 min and be home. And, try going on your favorite, most peaceful path that won't make you think "gah, traffic sucks!"
Seeing as it's Thursday, a day I often feel unmotivated to run because the week is almost over and it's SPEED workout day, I find myself thinking "eh, do I really want to go to the workout?" Usually, my brain responds "no, no you don't, but you're going to make the effort to get there at least." And if you think about it, that's all it takes.
Getting there, stepping outside with the watch and the running shoes on is half the battle. So, once I'm there I usually say "ok, I'll do the warm up and strides with the group." As I'm finishing strides I decide "well, it can't hurt to just start the workout." And most of the time, before I know it, I'm already halfway done thinking "I might as well finish this thing!"
So, what's your trick? Is getting there half the battle?