Ready for some confessions?  I don’t always love running.  Most of the time, it seems more like a chore than something I am looking forward to at the end of the day.  Sometimes, I sign up for races thinking it will motivate me to run, but at times, it seems more daunting than exciting.

In the past, I’ve signed up to run half marathons and have not thoroughly trained.  I’ve trained enough to make it through, but I have not trained enough to meet my goals.  I would make excuses for why I couldn’t get enough runs in, whether it was because I was too busy or I was too tired, or I would put off the run to do something else.

I would see co-workers and friends who would make time to run and I just could not figure out why they were so much better at time management than I was.  So, then I would get frustrated.  I also would go in mentally defeated because I would start thinking about all of the other things I should be doing with work and with our house.
When I was in middle school, I tore my ACL playing kickball in P.E. (yeah, for real).  I had reconstructive surgery and two screws in my knee.  Sometimes, my knee bothers me and I get anxious that I am going to injure myself again.  But I have learned that I can do more than I give myself credit and this will be my 5th half marathon in a week and a half.  I never thought I would do one, much less 4.  I am also excited about this race because it will be the second one DG and I complete together.
I have found a few solutions to some of my running excuses in the past.  I schedule my runs and treat them like appointments.  It has made a huge difference in my training for this half marathon.  I also have taken my shoes seriously.  It has made a huge difference in supporting my knee in distance running.  I also invested in clothes that I want to wear while running.  It does a lot for motivation.  And… I treat myself to a favorite meal after a long run.  #Irunforfood

Here are a few items that motivate me to help when I don’t want to run:

Bright running shoes

A great running top

These crop running tights are the perfect material for running.  I highly recommend!

This sports bra provides a ton of support for running long distances.

I also use my FitBit to track my distance.  I listen to music and my favorite station to listen to is Pandora’s Bachelorette Party.  I’ve found that setting goals but trying to not think while running are the best things for me.  There are times I still cannot conquer my brain, so I just try to go out the next day and have a better run than the day before.

Are you a runner?  What movitates you on the days you don’t want to go?

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8 thoughts on “Running

  1. BLovedBoston

    I'm so sad you got hurt in PE that was seriously my biggest fear in middle school!! I don't think of myself as a runner, but I ran in three races last year and it was the best thing ever…they were short but they were races nonetheless and at the end of the day that's all that mattered to me!! You're going to rock your next one!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  2. Jenn

    I know you and DG will do great this weekend! You might not see yourself as a runner, but I think you are! So what if you don't eat, breathe, sleep running? You're still out there proving it to yourself and others that you can do it!

  3. Ashley

    OMG – I had no idea you tore your ACL in PE playing kickball – I tore my ACL in PE playing dodgeball! What a funny coincidence! My fiance and I trained for a 22 mile hike last year and every time we completed a 10 mile hike we rewarded ourselves with food as was usually a big cook out tray!

  4. Joey

    I find that I'm most motivated to run by being prepared. I'm a big "don't disappoint yourself" kind of person (people will do that for you for free…don't do it to yourself), so if I'm prepared (i.e. clothes are washed/put away) it's as simple as finding 30 minutes. I'll agree that my fitbit is a HUGE contributor to this. In fact, that's part of how I agreed to live in an apartment again was because it would motivate me to run Bailey daily!

  5. Owen Ross Davis

    Ugh I wish I was a runner. I absolutely despise it. Like, if someone wanted to torture me, put me on a treadmill. However, I do enjoy sprints and lifting weights. And of course I love my Lulu… the best part of working out 😉

  6. runnininscrubs

    I feel this way sometimes too, but most days I need to zone out and just doing some mindless running to decompress after a long day. I fully agree though that cute clothes and shoes are great motivators!

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