(Lack of) Motivation Monday

The rain continued for most of the weekend here in Sacto, but Ironman Barry and his wife (and my friend), Traci, and I managed to squeeze in an 8-mile run yesterday morning before the worst hit.

Note:  I have to interject here that I was tricked!  I agreed to a 7-mile run and at the last minute Barry decided we should run 8.  I guess that’s ok since technically we are training for the Shamrockin’ Half Marathon in March and that is only a mere 7 weeks away.  Maybe only 8 again this weekend though….

Quite honestly, I am just happy to be off the couch and on the bike trail.  I have to admit that after running the marathon in December, I was a little burnt out.  That coupled with the fact that it is winter (read: colder and darker), there was a death in our family, and the Holidays happened…..made it hard to keep running at first. 

Everyone has their own way to keep themselves motivated, but the following are a few of my faves.  They are skewed towards running I suppose, but I do like to keep up with my weights and cross-training too, so they are applicable to all :)

1)      Buy a new workout DVD or two—I know not everyone is a workout video fan, but I find it is a good way to keep moving when I don’t want to head outside.  And there is surprising variety in what you can buy out there these days: yoga, Pilates, strength workouts, kettle bells, cardio, dancing, hip-hop….the list goes on.  And surely you can find a celebrity out there with a fitness video who appeals to you: the Pussycat Dolls, Jillian Michaels, Kim Kardashian, Bethenny Frankel, Kendra Wilkinson, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Nelly just to name a few.

It doesn’t really matter what it is, just buy a couple DVDs and alternate right there in the privacy of your own living room.

2)      Find a buddy—As I mentioned before, my original running buddy, Leslie, moved to Geyserville last fall and (for those of you who don’t know) it is too far to meet for weekend runs. Luckily, Barry and Traci have stepped in to join me on runs several times a week (thanks guys!).  If you don’t have/ can’t find a friend to workout with, you could join a running club or a training group (i.e., Fleet Feet, Sac Fit) and your running  buddies are included in the price :)

Along with new running partners, I have some walking buddies (hi Tina and Lindsay!) here at work.  It is hard to find time for regular walks (so far at least), but today we took a brisk stroll to Old Sac and back and every little bit of moving counts (for stress relief and fitness).  Surely someone at your work would take a quick walk with you today!

3)      Add something new to your routine—Even in California it can get too cold and uncomfortable outside for exercising, and the end of daylight savings time doesn’t help either.  When you get home from work and it’s already dark, figuring out when to run/walk/bike/recreate outside can be a challenge.

Perhaps you can fit in your run before work in the morning in order to ensure it is light out.  Maybe you could join a gym for the winter months, or take the time to fit in a few sessions with a personal trainer to get some new ideas for your workout routine. This is also a great time to do some laps in the pool or take a Zumba or kick-boxing class.

Mix it up!  Be creative!

4)      Have a goal—This is my personal favorite and how I best motivate myself.  Sign up for a spring or summer 5k, 10k, half- marathon, or triathlon. If you are not a runner, or just getting started, try a run/walk event (really any event will do), or pick another fitness goal like losing 10 pounds by bathing suit season, climbing Half-Dome in June, or hiking the entire trail near your house.  It doesn’t have to be a grandiose goal, just something that makes sense for you.  Make up your own fitness challenge!

5)      Listen to your body and REST—Sometimes our bodies are trying to tell us something, and we should take the time to pay attention.  If you feel the need to back off from your gym routine or running schedule, just get outside and take a walk (walking is fabulous exercise!).  Do some gentle stretching and yoga perhaps. Take it easy for a couple weeks if you need to. Your body will thank you!

And if your body is just needing you to take it slow, don’t be down on yourself or feel like you shouldn’t have even bothered.  In times like this, I keep this in mind:

And lastly, if you still need motivation to get off your duff and get out there and run/exercise, here you go:



Are you feeling motivated today?  How do you keep your ass movin’? 

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