Before we start our discussion about what I do when I don’t want to run, let’s talk about some pictures from the last little bit.
*The whole clan hit up Yogurtland the other day after suit shopping for Andrew and my dad.
*Every errand/store/place we go turns into an adventure with these two.
*Andrew loves Cafe Rio just as much as I do and their chips and salsa/queso= true love.
I do not know:
*Yesterday’s run—> 8 miles @ 8:10 average pace and a few planks afterwards. Question… how do you feel about built-in sports bras in your tanks? I am VERY selective about them but when I find a good one I love it (less laundry and one less piece of clothing to find in the morning;) but most of them I do not love. I have found that the ones that I usually like are from lulu, like this one… most of the other ones I have tried do not offer the right support. How’s that for random?
*Hit up the Provo Rec Center yesterday morning for the kids to get their workout in of running around the playground.
*Curly’s reaction to seeing my ring. She has quite the personality bottled up in that little person.
*Speaking of curly…. I’m guessing it runs in our genes (but I got skipped for some strange reason.
*Turns out that having a best friend to play with all day long is quite tiring for Brooke.
*She even has a deep love for plastic dogs.
*I’ve come to the conclusion that you absolutely cannot go wrong with any of Trader Joe’s salad dressings. You just can’t.
*For dinner last night Andrew’s neighbors brought over an amazing meal complete with chips, guac and salsa (see above photo about how do you stop eating chips and salsa?!).
*And after we visited MER (my cute grandma) we grabbed a Jamba Juice to drink while watching The Office.
The alarm clock goes off, you get off of work, it’s your lunch break, you head to the trail after dropping off your kids at school… you name it—> starting to run doesn’t always sound like a party.
There are a lot of times when I get out of the car to meet Josse for our run and I beg her to join me for IHOP instead (she always says no and just starts running and I have to chase after her). There are many mornings where my body just feels tired and sore and a treadmill run sounds pretty boring. This last Saturday when Andrew and I were in the car driving to the busses at 4 a.m. we were questioning every thing about our choices to go run (but then at the end went on for 30 minutes straight about how happy we were that we did).
Now, I wouldn’t run if it wasn’t fun for me (let alone keep up with it for going on 18 years now) BUT it sure isn’t fun for me in the beginning. There are days that I am itching to get out and move my body or to race hard but I am pretty sure there are more days that I don’t want to start yet do it because I know that I will feel a heck of a lot better in a few miles or at the end and that the benefits of running FAR exceed the desire to skip a run.
How we all feel after a run, right?!
Here are some things that I do when I don’t want to start my run because of a trillion different excuses but know I want to because of goals/benefits/endorphins/to eat more donuts.
*I tell myself I will just run EASY the entire time. I tell myself it will just be a nice and relaxing run and that I will not push myself. This is why I have so many progression runs. Telling myself I will run easy gets me through the first mile or two where I am tired and not wanting to run and then boom—> I start wanting to go faster and faster with each mile once I got through the hard part of starting and getting warmed up.
*JUST PUSH START (on your Garmin or treadmill). My good (speedy) friend Rachelle taught me this one. When we used to do track workouts together she does NOT procrastinate. She just starts and saves the talking, water drinking, instagram scrolling until after the run. If you just push start your body will follow (heaven forbid our garmin is tracking us just standing there). So push start before you even realize what you are doing and before you know it you will be remembering why you run and glad you started getting your sweat on.
*Know that the feeling will come. TRUST that you will start feeling better in a few miles (or at the end) because it has happened HUNDREDS of times before. Why would today be any different? Just like normal, you’ll get in the groove (and some runs you never get in the groove but you feel a whole lot better after your run than you did before regardless of how the actual run went). Trust that it will come and chase after those good feelings.
*I think it is important to know that this is normal… sometimes social media messes us up a bit to think that you are the only person that struggles with running or starting your run. Nope. Not a thing. It’s hard for everyone. Knowing that you are not alone motivates me to remember that it’s hard for everyone but we do it because it makes us feel good, helps relieve stress, gets us to the starting line of our races and keeps those bodies of ours healthy.
*I tell myself that something is (most) ALWAYS better than nothing. Telling myself that I’m just going to go for 15 minutes gets me out the door to start and then once that 15 minutes hits I am craving more. And sometimes stopping at 15 minutes is great too and is a whole lot better than 0 minutes….
BUT sometimes when I really don’t feel like running or I am exhausted or just in a rotten mood. I don’t. Sometimes that is our body telling us that we are overtrained and overworked so EXAMINE the reasons why you don’t want to run. Running should be kind of fun for us if we are going to keep up with it. It’s not a punishment. So if you are all of the sudden dreading your runs with every cell in your body, I think it is time to take a break. There is a difference between the excuse of wanting to stay in bed because it is warm and comfy or truly feeling worn down—> pay attention to excuses vs. red flags from your body.
Favorite salad dressing from Trader Joe’s?? Or anywhere:)
Built in sports bras… yay or nay?
What do you do to get out the door for your run when you are just not feeling it?
What show are you into lately?