You know that feeling when you’d rather do anything but put on your running shoes? You’re tired, you’re busy, it’s drizzly, it’s too cold, it’s too hot, you have to write thank-you cards, the excuses you can come up with are endless. And yet, you love running. You know you won’t skip this run, because you have to do this run, you need to do this run for one reason or another, but you still have to get motivated.
This feeling has hit me on days when all I’m doing is an easy 3 mile run, on my favorite 5-mile days, and on the long run training days. I imagine it’s inevitable that at some point we all have to muster up the motivation to get out there and run. Part of my motivation is having a training schedule and a race in sight. If I’m not signed up for something, I’m much more likely to talk myself into staying put instead of putting on my running shoes. What is it that motivates you?
On some days, I credit my running shoes with magical powers that give me a second wind of energy when I’m running at the end of the day. Other days it’s the outfit and I find that certain tops and bottoms are more encouraging to wear when I’m dragging myself out the door. On early morning runs, I tell myself “if those kids can be at the bus stop at this hour, surely I can be out here running.” There are days when I don’t feel like running and I remind myself that not everyone can run and that I am lucky to be able to, so I should be out there every chance I have.
Whatever the hurdle is that you’re trying to get over, unless you’re injured, it’s all mental. Just as you have the power not to go running today, you have the power to go running. Go get your shoes, they might work some magic.