“I just don’t feel like running today.”
How many times have you said that to yourself? It is normally followed by a number of excuses: I’m too tired, too hungry, too cold, too hot, too busy, my ___ hurts, etc. For those of us who are training for a race, whatever distance it may be, the schedule may be tough to abide to. Not every training run is something you will FEEL like doing. As runners, we sign up for races for different reasons, and whatever it may be, we must follow through with our plan to accomplish our goals, and that is what is important.
SO – as this is a frequent thought of mine, I decided to share the thoughts that go through my head as suggestions for dealing with the days when you just do not feel like running. They help me get moving so maybe they will help you too!
1. Think less. MOVE more. Snap out of the stupor and get your gear on and get out of the house.
2. Still making excuses? Plan for 15 minutes and see how the run goes (versus the scheduled run). What will most likely happen: 10 minutes in, you will be happy you are out there and will do the workout you originally planned.
3. Think to yourself (or out loud if you want), “What would Pre do?” I bet you will run.
4. Remember that today’s run is part of your training plan, which will put you a step closer to accomplishing your goal!
5. If all else fails, make yourself feel bad for being a lazy ass. You’ll get out there.