Sunday, I was supposed to run 9 miles, but for some reason I got it in my head that I couldn't do it.
Last Sunday, I ran 8 miles, and while it was difficult, it was totally do-able. This 9 mile run just seemed daunting to me, and I kept putting it off all day. I had plans to meet someone (details to come!) for coffee at 1, and I totally could have/should have went for the run in the morning. Since Friday night was the wedding and I spent a good few hours in sky high heels, and then on Saturday night, CJ's band played a show, and I was up late in sky high heels again! By the time Sunday and the 9 mile run rolled around, I just felt so bad for my feet I didn't want to make them run that far. I felt like I had abused them enough.
But- I didn't want to forgo the run all together, I knew running some was better than not running at all. So, I got dressed, laced up my sneakers and did the following
- I said to myself "You can make excuses or you can make it happen"
- I repeated my mantra from my previous race training "Every mile I do now will make the race easier"
- And when that wasn't enough, I searched Pinterest for Workout Motivation:
|(Actually my feet hurt from wearing heels all night....)|
Even after all this motivation, I didn't complete the 9 miles, I only got to 5 before stopping and walking. Sometimes you have to listen to your body, and I felt like my body just really needed rest. I felt OK with not finishing 9 because the thing that matters most is that I got out there, instead of just giving up all together.
How do you find workout motivation? Do you have any personal mantras?