One of the hardest things that I find about running and exercise in general are motivation. Motivation to push through and run a bit longer before taking a walk break, motivation to run a bit faster, further longer and of course motivation to just get up off of the sofa and go for a run at all.
There’s a constant battle of wills going on in my head during a run mainly involving the lazy part of my brain trying to convince the rest of my brain that I’m tired, that I should slow down, or just stop and go home. The sofa calls to me on many of my runs.
I have got better at blocking out those voices, I have a few tricks to make myself get up and go including: treating myself to new workout kit- and therefore wanting to go test it out, creating playlists that I know will motivate me, finding new podcasts or audio books and also arranging to run or workout with friends.
During week 4 of my training, the lazy voices won. I found excuses not to exercise and, although I had a very busy week at work and felt tired, I probably would have felt better if I had got up and got moving instead of sitting on the sofa.
My week of training looked like this:
Monday: Ran commuted to work- 4.25 miles done. I found this really tough, the pavements were busy and I was more time conscious that on a normal run.
Tuesday: Walked over 10,000 steps but didn’t go for a swim or run.
Wednesday: Walked over 10,000 steps but only as part of my day to day business.
Thursday: Swam 900 meters; I was really pleased with this as it is almost 1km in one swim session! Hoping to reach the 1km mark soon.
Friday: Busy day, only managed 7,000 steps.
Saturday and Sunday: Spent a lot of time on the sofa.
My week of training was not great, however I now need to move on from this and make sure that I get up and get going for the rest of my training plan.
What tips and tricks do you use to get motivated?