Thursday, April 01, 2010
A Beginner's Guide to Running - Finding the Motivation
Some days I can find it. Other days I simply cannot. The lure of a package of Oreos is just too strong sometimes, yannow?
My time to run is immediately when I get home from work at 5pm. The house is empty.
I usually have my running clothes already laid out. I have to MAKE MYSELF scurry into the house, go immediately upstairs, change my clothes and GET OUTSIDE. Quickquickquick!
I am easily distracted. By my laptop, by the mail, by the piles of laundry waiting, the dishes in the sink the clutter on the floortheoverflowinggarbageGAHHHHHHHHHH!
Because I have learned that if I putter around the house too long, I completely lose my motivation. And pretty soon Hubby and the boyz get home, and then, well, I can't run THEN because there is dinner to be prepared, backpacks to unpack, little boyz to mother...
And the weekends are just as bad. I get up and put on my running clothes. And then? I read the paper. I do the breakfast dishes. I start a load of laundry. And then Hubby leaves to run an errand and well, I can't very well leave the boyz alone. So I have to wait for him to get back. And before you know it, it's noon. And there are still other things to do. Oh well, no time to run today.
You guys. I can't even count the number of times in the past that I have been fully DRESSED and READY to go for a run and then NOT GONE.
So I certainly don't have all the answers.
But what I do know is this:
Once I'm out there? And have started my stopwatch? I'm committed. I'm committed to going for that 30+ minute run. To feeling the burn. To feeling like shit. And then magically? Feeling good.
And THAT is what keeps me motivated.
I'll keep saying it: If I can do it, so can you.
It's the start of a new month ladies! See the top of my right sidebar? I'm tracking my running mileage. You can too! (My pace is usually around a 10-minute mile, so it's easy for me to calculate. But if you don't have a fancy schmancy device and don't know what your pace is, check out Map My Run.)
My running goal for the month of April is to run more miles than I did in March.