This week on the Runner’s Lounge Take It and Run Thursday, Lindsay from Chasing the Kenyans asked “What do you do to get yourself motivated to run when it feels like it’s the last thing you want to do?“
Lately, my motivation has been lacking. I have the motivation to get out there, but I haven’t had any motivation to run fast or run far. I’m going to have to find my mojo or just do the runs anyways if I really want to finish the Army 10 miler in under 1.5 hours. Since I haven’t run long much this summer, I have my work cut out for me this month.
Here’s how I get myself out the door :
- Put on my running clothes – I know, duh. But really, it makes a huge difference for me. If I have my running clothes on when Beer Geek walks in the door, he assumes I’m going out for a run. I can’t let him down, can I? Or if I have them on when I drop the kids off at school, then I might as well run before I shower.
- Have a goal – I’ve currently run 20 or more miles a week for 13 weeks in a row. I REALLY want to see how long I can keep that up, so I’m much more likely to get in that last run of the week and make it long enough to hit 20.
- Stay at home (ie, no outings) with the kids – by the time Beer Geek gets home, I’ll do anything for a break LOL.
- If all else fails, go visit my parents. My dad has enough running motivation for both of us and he makes me run hard. No being lazy when running with him.
Not sure that these are helpful to anyone but myself, but they seem to be enough for me to keep me running.
My first giveaway starts tomorrow (maybe tonight if I manage to take pics of the stuff) and ends on 09-09-09 (just call me a geek LOL At least I didn’t say at 9:09 pm). Hint: It’s beer related and customizable.