Running Motivation

There are some days where you just don’t feel like going for a run. During the winter those days seem to happen quite often when it’s cold and wet outside. I find the hardest part is leaving the house, once I’m running I usually really enjoy it.

There are a few things that  when I am deciding whether I am going to suck it up, put on my shoes and head out for a run or to they gym…

Food
Ok so this isn’t probably one that many approve of, but when I am thinking about going for a run or to the gym I think about the food that I can eat after I exercise, what I have earned! Mostly I think of things like this amazing Cafe Latte cheesecake that I had last week at Harrods.

Drinks
This works particularly well when thinking about running on a Friday or Saturday- think of the drinks I can enjoy with my friends later!! (There is a large glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in my hand in the photo below!)

Exercising with Friends
Things are always easier when you’re not alone. If I have arranged to meet a friend for an exercise class or to go for a run, I am not going to bail on them! Plus it’s more fun!

Reading Running Blogs
I love reading running blogs, and find it a great motivator to get out and run or hit the gym, when I’ve read about people’s runs. Quite often they are running further and faster than I am, but that’s ok. If I can get out there and do a little bit, then I feel happy with myself.

New Gear 
I can bribe myself with new running gear, either purchasing or wearing it. Today’s run was my the first outing for my new Sweaty Betty Merino wool running top. I wanted to ensure that I tested it out before this very cold snap ends, and that was motivation enough to get out and run.



Progress
Knowing that each run I go on means that the next one will be easier is a huge motivator. Knowing that   I got myself into marathon shape last year and got so fit just through running, shows me that I can do that again, and the runs will get easier, faster and longer. Today’s run was a slow, easy 3 miler. I wore my garmin under my top so that I wouldn’t keep checking my pace. When I stopped it at 3.33 miles, I was pleased to see the time at 31.00 mins. While this is by no means fast, it is faster than I would have run an easy 3 miles last year. The treadmill running is working!!!

Inspirational Quotes
I am a major geek and love quotes. My all time favourite running quote is ‘One day you won’t be able to do this, today is not that day’, it got me through the marathon. I saw this quote on HungryRunnerGirl’s blog today and I thought about it when preparing myself to run today.

‘The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in war’

What do you use for motivation to get you to they gym or out for a run? Or into doing something you don’t want to do?

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