After a work day, do you work out? Or does the thought of more activity sound extra exhausting?
For me, I like the simplicity, spontaneity and addictive progression of post-work runs. After sitting in my office chair much of the day focusing on projects, the release of my feet on pavement with no rules and limited technology is pretty much bliss. Except when I bite it (Every season. Every single season) or my dog misbehaves (Squirrel. No seriously, SQUIRREL!). But, another post on that because right now, we’re talking running bliss!
For running motivation, a few ideas that work for me:
- Find a workout that works for you: Maybe that’s running, maybe that’s not. Try a few options and do what pushes you but is also enjoyable. For me, that’s running.
- Keep it competitive: Use Nike+ app/watch (I’m obsessed with mine) or another tracker to visualize how far you’re running over time (I’ve been tracking for several years and it’s so cool to compare distance and pace year over year, etc.). You can also join training plans and challenges (run 20 miles this month, fastest 5k, etc.). No, Nike isn’t sponsoring this post, but have your people call my people, ’cause I’d definitely be game. ;)
- Switch it up: Focus on distance today, speed on the next run, do tempo runs, go all out, do hill repeats, take it easy, etc.
- Consider a running group for your cross-training days: I’m joining a training group soon since the accountability does make it easier to stay out there especially with the brutal summer heat coming.
- Set a goal and/or customize a plan with the activities you enjoy most: Obviously if you have a goal race it’s harder to skip runs… I like to step stone especially in the fall with a 5k in late summer, then 10k, 15k, Half Marathon into November. A simple path to get ready for your goal.
- Tailor that playlist: Music makes all the difference for me. Get your favorite jams ready and then zone out when the run gets tough! Macklemore (clean edit ;)) and Top 40 works for me!
- Bring a friend – furry or human. Here’s my Hudson taking a quick breather after our three mile loop.
What works for you? Pray, do tell.