We’ve all been there. It’s cold out, it’s raining, you feel tired and lazy and you just don’t want to run but you know you should. Be it because your training plans says so or maybe becaause you know you already skipped your last 2 runs and if you don’t run you know you’ll just feel worse.
So how to get yourself up and out the door? Here are my go-to methods.
1. Get Dressed!
Even if I don’t want to run right now, putting on my running gear reminds me that I need to get this outfit sweaty. It removes one barrier from getting yourself out the door so when you have a surge of “let’s go” you can get out the door before you talk yourself out of it agian.
2. Remind Yourself of Your Goals!
That marathon is still 8 weeks away, you have time, right? WRONG! Putting in the miles now is key to success on race day. When I was preparing for my first marathon, I would remind myself that logging the runs now meant not dying on the course (I menat this in both a literal and figurative sense). Remind yourself of the end goal to all this running, be it a race or just your health, goals are key!
3. Recognize It’s Just a Mental Block
You might feel tired and sore but guess what, runing might be the perfect thing to help loosen up achy muscles and clear your head. Getting out there always helps me “shake out the cobwebs” of the day. Usually it’s just a mental block but it’s good to know the signs of overtraining too!
4. Try Mixing It Up!
You know when I lose the most motivation? When I feel like I'm in a running rut. Call up a friend and see if they’ll run with you. Take some pics while you are out there. Play some Pokemon Go. Run a new route. Do something that feels different and exciting to motivate you to get out there. Getting stuck in a rut is the perfect way to lose motivation.
5. Weather Got You Down? Treat It Like the Perfect Race Prep!
Want to know a dirty little secret? You could have bad weather on race day. We all hope for the best but it happens and those raining, snowing, sleeting days are the PERFECT day to test out your gear and learn the best way to keep yourself comfortable so you can still perform your best!
6. Be Honest with Yourself
If you don’t feel like running, just getting out the door can be the victory. Even if you training plan has a certain workout planned, just play it by ear. Maybe you’ll start to feel great and you can tackle your workout with vigor. Maybe you won’t feel great so just a mind clearing easy run is all you can handle. Be kind and honest with yourself.
7. Know Your Reward
Some days take a little extra motivation so set up a really nice reward for when you finish. Maybe it's a night relaxing and not feeling guilty. Maybe it's finally ordering those new shorts. Maybe it's soaking in a nice bath afterwards or enjoying a beer. Having a reward at the end will help motivate you to get started!
8. Just Give It 5 Min
I LOVE this advice. Just give it 5 min. If you don’t feel like running for 1 of a million reasons we can all come up with, just put on your clothes and start running for 5 min, or a mile, or some other distance you think is good and see how it feels. I bet you can run for 5 min even on your worst days so give it a try and see how you feel and take it from there!
It’s up to you to get yourself out the door to complete those miles so having some tricks on those “why do I like to run?” days will help you out. The miles you log today will pay dividends for the miles in the future. Sometimes you just have to dig down and get it done.