Hi friends 🙂
Anyone who will ever tell you that they ‘ve never felt sluggish and unmotivated, that they ‘ve never felt like they don’t want to move an inch from the coach much less go run 10 miles, they are big fat liars…!! Everyone has these days, where running or working out feels like such a chore.
So here is what I do when I feel like that 🙂
1. Look at my favourite IG feeds
A few of those are mileposts by Dorothy Beal, the runner beans by Charlie and of course run to the finish by one of my favourites Amanda Brooks! Trust me when I tell you , a little scroll down through any of those IG feeds and you ‘ll be lacing up in no time! I know it definetely works for me.
2. Look through your training journal
First of, if you don’t have one I recommend you absolutely get one!! This is my favourite, it has no dates but the space is equivalent to a year. Documenting your progress will definetely make you want to work harder! So looking through the pages and seeing all the hard work you ‘ve put in will definetely motivate you to get moving.
3. Visualise your goal
I asked my role model athlete Maria Polyzou how she gets motivated in days when she really doesn’t feel like running or working out. And this was her asnwer to me: “Even though exercising can always make you feel healthy and clear your mind, there are always days when you don’t feel like training or running at all. Despite that there is always a way to change your perception and the way you feel and be ready for your run/training. Sometimes that could be simply a few moments of peace and quiet, your favorite song, a movie that motivates you or your own dream of what you want to achieve. And finally what always motivates me is MY GOAL! And this is what can be one of the biggest sources for motivation. SET YOUR GOAL AND SEE IT EVERY DAY… THIS IS WHEN YOU’LL NEVER FEEL TIRED.”
4. Put on your running clothes and lace up
Tell yourself you ‘ll just get dress for a run but not necessarily go 😉 Working out clothes are comfy after all right…? Well I can guarantee you that 90% of the times you do that, you ‘ll be out the door 5-10 minutes later 😛 Trick your mind I say…
5. Look at favourite motivational quotes and pictures
You can make a folder in your computer, or upload them on your IG feed or even print out a few and put them up on the wall. Whatever works for you… The logo of the marathon you are training for, the fitness model/athlete you look up to, a quote that inspires you. This are a few that work for me 🙂
6. Listen to your favourite song
I have a playlist of my very favourite songs that really make me want to run! I only get to listen to them when i m running though and this is what makes it special 🙂 If you listen to just one of them when you feel unmotivated I am certain that you ll be out the door running even before the end of the song. I have a little story to share here 😉
There was a day where I really didn’t feel like running and decided on a strength workout instead. I put on my music and one of my “running” songs came up on the radio. Well guess what happened?!? I dropped the weights and I was out the door 30” later running and had a pretty enjoyable run 😛 Perspective… All about perspective!
I hope this tips help you get motivated in those blah days where you don’t feel like it! Have an awesome weekend everyone! I am off for a run now since i got super extra motivated after writing all this 😉