There’s this man I pass nearly every morning running.
Part of my running route takes me along the coast on a well-travelled path that weaves in and out along the ocean. And although it’s beautiful, being that close to the ocean means the weather doesn’t hold back. The winds are way stronger, the cold wind chill way colder and the rain pounds on your face a little harder. But each day I’m down there, I see the same people out walking or running and take solace in knowing we’re all facing mother nature together. And no matter what she’s throwing at us, we’re out there anyway.
It’s easy to let a pile of excuses get in the way of your run. Go run anyway. You’ll be so thankful later and it will give you extra confidence to do it next time. Plus you’re way more badass when you do it anyway despite the weather or your fatigue or time of day etc.
Here are 5 ways to help you make it happen:
Just do the first 2 km
Whenever the motivation isn’t there, I put on my shoes and I tell myself, “you just have to run 2 km.” On my regular run route, I know exactly where that mark is, and can visualize in my head how to get there and realize that it’s not too far. Once I’m out there, if things stay bad, worst case, at the 2 km mark, I run back home, and I’ve done 4km that day. What usually happens though, is I get into my groove and the miles pass by faster and the songs on my playlist get better, and I forget all about that silly plan I had to just run 2 km. The hardest part is getting going – once you’re out there, you might as well keep it up!
Change it up
Change your running shoes, change your clothes, get new running gear, change your distance, change your running route, run on trails, just do something you don’t normally do to put the excitement back in your running game.
Make a destination
On days when the runs don’t come easily, I make the run secondary so that it happens anyways. For example, if I have to go do an errand, get some groceries, drop something off etc., I’ll take the long route and run to my destination. Afterwards, if I’ve really gotten into it and I’m still singing the pick up songs in my head, I’ll just run back home as well. Otherwise, I can slowly saunter home, knowing that I’ve at least gone for a bit of a run for the day.
Do a different type of run
The idea of always leaving the house and running 10 km on the same route that takes you the same amount of time, where you see the same people can get a little boring. Mix it up by doing hills or speed work, or do part of your run as a tempo. Better yet, set yourself a challenge, like to set a new time on a certain part of the course, or to run two more hill repeats than last time. Keep things fresh and challenging so you don’t fall into a rut and not want to run. Feeling really ambitious? Sometimes, I just set out on a long run – no specific distance, just longer than usual and with nothing but running as the plan. See how far you go, see how great you feel.
Call it jealousy, call it FOMO, but on days when I’m not feeling the run, all it takes is for me to look out my window and see a few people out for a run and I’m in my running clothes and turning on the GPS. Ditto for those mornings when I’m struggling to get my butt in gear and crawl out from the warm cave that is my bed. Other options include looking at Runstagram (running accounts on Instagram), reading running articles or posts, or reading a running magazine. Or just start looking up alternative workouts to running and all the burpees and push-ups they entail . . . might as well go for a run!
Laura is a marathoner and avid runner and is currently training for her first Boston Marathon. She writes the blog Chronicles of Passion (http://chroniclesofpassion.com), where she shares vegan recipes, healthy living tips and all things running and fitness. Follow her on Instagram: @ChroniclesofPassion / Facebook: Facebook/chroniclesofpassionblog / Twitter: @blogchronicles