by Heather at Running with Sass
Let’s face it, as much as we all love the idea of running, sometimes we need a little extra kick in the pants to get us out the door. Whether it be lack of motivation due to early runs, weather, or simply being burnt out, every run isn’t fun or easy.
I wanted to share a few tips that have helped me when I have one of those days that I just don’t feel like running. I try to keep in mind that I have NEVER once regretted a run.
Tips for “getting out there” even when you don’t feel like it:
1. Pick a running mantra: One of my favorites is “you are stronger than you think.” Every time I want to quit, or not get out at all, I try to remember it’s usually mental, and that I am stronger than I think I am. Find a great mantra (or borrow mine!) and repeat it to yourself.
2. Prepare ahead of time: One of the main reasons why people find themselves unmotivated to run is because they have to get up really early, or run after a long day at work. My advice for this is to be prepared. If it’s a morning run, lay everything out ahead of time, or even sleep in your running clothes, so it’s effortless to get out the door in the morning (and you may get to sleep an extra few minutes with less prep time). If you have to run after work, go ahead and bring your running clothes and change immediately after you finish your job so you have no excuse. Leave a pair of running shoes in the trunk of your car. Have dinner ready ahead of time so you don’t have to spend a lot of fuss to get in some food before going on your run. Plan, plan, and plan some more!
3. Buy new clothes: If weather is causing your lack of motivation, make sure you have the proper gear to help combat the conditions. Layer well if it’s cold, or buy a fun new running jacket that you want to show off on your run. If it’s hot, head out early and make sure you have plenty of fuel to make the run less painful.
4. Take a break: Feeling burnt out after a long training cycle? It may just be time to take a break. Usually after a week or two of no running, I am itching to go again. A week or two won’t make you lose all your fitness, but may be just what you need to get your running mojo back, and that’s ok! It can also help to prevent injury, your body could be telling you it NEEDS a break!
5. Find accountability partners: Start a blog to keep you accountable, or run with some friends who are counting on you to show up and run with them, and you will be less likely to bail. Or, simply ask a friend to give you a little push and check up on you to make sure you are sticking to your plan.
No matter what method you use, be sure to pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you are feeling extra sore or injured, take a day or two off just to be safe. Rest, ice, and foam rolling is your friend. Try to remember how lucky you are to even have a healthy body and two legs to get you out the door, and keep on running!
Heather has been blogging at Running with Sass for almost three years. She loves running, fitness, and being a Disney vacation planner and social media director for the travel agency she works for. Heather strives to encourage and motivate other people to lead a healthy lifestyle through her blog and other social media platforms. Follow her on Twitter at @RunningWithSass and on Facebook HERE.