Oh motivation. You’re killing me. Ok, seriously the past couple weeks have been tough.

I love taking time to focus on speed, but getting in the mental mind set to do 3 workouts a week, two of which are before the sun comes up, has been a struggle lately.

I think I’m also itching to start marathon training. I still have a little over a month before that happens, so I’m trying to be patient and do what I need to do so I can be healthy when that day comes.

 

As runners, we all go through highs and lows when it comes to motivation. Just like in the beginning of a training cycle when we are excited and ready to go. Followed by exhaustion and praying for a break during the last month. It happens.

There is no real secret to keeping motivation alive. There are tips and tricks that help, but it comes down to sometimes just to putting your shoes on and getting out the door, no matter how hard it may seem.

That’s been my motto for the last week or so – just get it done.

Sunday I didn’t want to do a workout. We slept for almost 10 hours (that is unheard of) and got up to cool weather, rain and wind. Not ideal for a workout. I wanted nothing more than to lay around the house and get ready for the week ahead; however I knew I needed to get it done.

I headed out to a loop not far from the house. I got out of my car and immediately started my warm up. No standing around, not thinking about what was to come, I just did it.

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My workout for Sunday was:

Warm up (6 minutes)
2 x 4 minutes, 5 minutes and 6 minutes hard effort (with half recovery – 2, 2.5, and 3 minutes)
6 minute recovery between sets
Cool down (a little over a mile)

I did this workout solely off of effort. I think I averaged somewhere between a 6:50-7:05 pace for most of them though I was definitely slowing down by the end. It was tough, but at the end I was thankful I got it done.

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That’s the thing about running, you never regret it. Even if you literally have to drag yourself pouting and screaming out to get it done in the end it’s always worth it.

Yes, I’m pretty sure there was a good amount of pouting going on Sunday.

 

There are a few other things I do to help give myself some motivation:

  • Instagram – I love looking at the Instagram of some super awesome runners to get motivation. If they can get out there and do it, so can I! Social media can be such a great tool!
  • Focus on Goals – I know what I want, and I know that I’m not there yet. I often just need to remind myself of my goals and that I have to do what it takes to get there if I want it.
  • Remember the “Feeling” – There is no better feeling than crossing that finish line and meeting your goals. It doesn’t always happen, but remembering how good it feels when your hard work pays off is motivating.
  • Relax – While it is hard to really relax during workouts, using that time for me first thing in the morning to just relax and get ready for the day ahead.
  • Music – I don’t run with music in the morning, but on the weekends having an extra boost of motivation from music can usually help me get out the door.

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Motivation is tricky and some days it simply requires dragging yourself out the door. I still kick and scream to this day, but in the end a run is always worth it.

 

How do you boost your motivation?

What is the hardest workout for you to get yourself out the door for? During marathon training, it was always my tempo runs. I always dreaded them the most but they were also the most rewarding!

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