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Since we are talking motivation, how do you motivate yourself?
I was talking to a really great friend yesterday (Hi Amber!!!!) about motivating yourself to work out. She told me she had the couch-2-5k app already on her phone but just needed to use it.
Here are some ways I motivate myself (and boy are these going to come in handy as the temperature drops and the rain moves in here in the Pacific Northwest this winter).
I have talked about motivation before sort of in a reward system way post workout but now lets talk about how to get yourself out there in the first place.
Clothes– If I am running before work I put my workout clothes on as soon as I wake up so that I would actually have to change out of them to get ready to work, who changes out of clean workout clothes? I still get to have a lazy morning but this way I am ready to walk out the door when its time to workout, no excuses. I do the same thing when I get home from work on days I am going to workout after work. I come home and change straight into my workout clothes and walk back out the door. No sitting down or resting or giving myself the opportunity to say I don’t want to do it.
Buddy/partner– Have a workout partner, either someone you run with, check in with or actually training for the same race with (even if you don’t live near each other). Have to check in with someone and either say sorry I am not meeting you today or sorry I didn’t run today…..simply because I didn’t want to, doesn’t feel great and is great motivation to get your but out there.
Blog– Why not start a blog about your fitness journey? It keeps you accountable to an online community. If you do let me know so I can follow you!!!
Book on tape, playlist, TV show- I keep a specific book on audible that I can only listen to while I run (obviously it is something I super want to listen to) this helps motivate me to get out there so I can hear what happens in the book! And I know one of my favorite bloggers HungryRunnerGirl watches “This is Us” while she runs on the treadmill.
Challenge someone– my boyfriend and I have a challenge every month through Garmin to see who can run the most miles. If he gets too far ahead of me it really motivates me to get out there and get some miles in, on the flip side if I am in the lead it motivates me even more to keep going so I can widen the lead!
Talk about motivation did anyone watch the New York marathon yesterday! I didn’t get to watch the whole thing because I was at work but I watched the clips of the male and female winners cross the finish line and MAN what motivation!!! First American female winner in 40 years!! with an unofficial time of 2 HOURS 26 minutes and 53 seconds………….holy crap, that is faster than my half marathon time!!! And the men’s time, top man finished in 2 hours 10 minutes and 53 seconds. Wow.
How do you motivate yourself when you don’t want to work out?
Did anyone watch the whole marathon?
Anybody else really want to sign up for a race now?
I certainly do!!!