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Thursday, September 3, 2009

TIART: Motivation

This week's Take it and Run Thursday comes from Lindsay, who asks: Whether training for a specific race or just running for the fun of it, we all experience the ups and downs of running. What do you do to get yourself motivated to run when it feels like it's the last thing you want to do?

There are a few things that really motivate me:

  • Reading Runner's World
  • Reading blogs like Runner's Lounge
  • Listening to others' race reports
  • Taking the "work" out of running by making it social, and running with friends
  • Logging my runs and watching my run stats change
  • Switching up and doing something different - running in a new place or doing speed work or something that I don't usually do.
By far, my biggest-ever motivator was becoming a group leader for the Galloway program.  There's nothing more motivating for long runs than having a bunch of folks expecting you to be there every week -- and expecting YOU to be the one motivating THEM.  I haven't missed a Saturday run just because I want to sleep in since early 2007, and my group is why (I've missed them for other reasons though - illness, vacation, etc).

And quite honestly, when none of that works and it's just a day to day problem with feeling motivated for my runs, I have to just give myself a mental kick in the pants and tell myself to get out there and do it.  I don't have another way to explain it, other than I force myself.  Sometimes, like last night, I don't give myself a chance to think up an excuse in my head, I just move like a robot: Drive home from work, put stuff down, change clothes, get out on the road for four miles.

I try to explain to my group members about the Galloway Program.  This is what I say - We are lucky.  Galloway is a low mileage program.  where other programs will require commitments of running 4 and 5 times a week, minimum, Galloway only requires 3 runs per week.  This is generally great news, but comes at a price -- we cannot skip runs.  When Galloway says run 3x per week, you have to run 3x per week!  On a 4 or 5 run per week program, you can skip a weekly run now and again without a lot of problem, but on the Galloway program there is a difference between running both of your weekday runs and only running one.  You WILL notice a difference and you WILL pay for it with your time at your race.  We HAVE to get out there, we HAVE to remain motivated, and we can be excited because yes, we have to get that run in on Tuesday, but we can take Wednesday off.

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T S said...

I think that being a group leader would be a wonderful way to stay motivated, and thank you for committing to do that for other runners! I keep thinking that I need to run more before I do something like that, but maybe I am ready? Thanks for giving me something to think about.

Lacey Nicole said...

so cool you are a group leader! i can tell you are perfect for the job, just from this post!!!! mental kick in the pants, that is definitely what i need often :)

lindsay said...

thanks for participating and sharing your personal tips! i've forgotten how much other people hold you accountable - i really need to find a buddy/group to link up with! (if only i could find people who are available at 3:30am or 6pm!) :) i often (try to) tell myself to buck up and "just do it". sometimes a little tough love does the trick.

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