Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Finding Workout Motivation

Hi Guys!
I just got back from the busiet weekend ever, and I'm getting back into the swing of things.  (P.s check out my guest post on Tessa's blog!)  As you might know, I'm training for a half marathon in September.  It's 7 weeks away, but I do need to crank up the intensity of my workouts to make sure I'm prepared.

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?