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March 6, 2013

motivation

Getting back into shape sucks.

I hate thinking about where I was and where I am now. Fitness is easy to lose and takes time to come back. However, lamenting the past is doing me no favors in the present and certainly not helping me toward future goals. It's all about one day at a time.

It’s hard to stay excited and motivated when you’re not seeing results overnight so to get myself psyched about running again, I’m doing the things I used to do:

Read about running. I like facts. I like stories about other runners. I like new ideas about workouts. Enter: re-subscribing to Runner's World, buying this book and even re-reading my old training journals.


Sign up for races. Done.

Try new things. Yoga has become a big one for me. 

Invest in good running gear. It's funny how something small like a new sports bra can be the extra boost (pun intended) you need to get out the door. (Moving Comfort's Juno bra is my fave.) My theory is the less you have to worry about while running- chafing, bouncing boobs, etc.- the more you'll be able to focus on running. 

Track progress. I've been using these small calendars as training journals for three years. There is space to plan monthly workouts and then a week-by-week pages for note taking. I record all the pertinent details of a run (distance/time/average pace) as well as any other notes about how I'm feeling. It's nice to be able to look back and see small improvements.



On most days, this is all enough to get me out of bed and out the door. If it's not, though, there's always this video.

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