I haven’t run in a while. My favorite excuses:
- It’s been too cold.
- It’s been snowing.
- It’s too slushy as the snow melts.
- I’ve been too busy.
- I just barely have enough energy to get to the gym and do a few cycles on the elliptical.
You know the excuses. Chances are, you might have even used some of them yourself. But none of them are really valid because…
I know how to run. I know how to make time to run. I know the benefits of running. I know how great I feel when I am running and when I’m just finished running. I know what to eat to maximize my running effort. I even know that I need to run -my marathon training schedule starts soon.
I know all this but I haven’t actually translated that knowledge into a run. Today, for the motivational part of my goal setting, I came up with a few words I usually associate with running. They say you can prime your body for action by repeating action words. Say words like happy and you start feeling a little happier. Saying words like dancing and high-impact workout and your heart rate rises a little.
Maybe this graphic will work to get me back to running too.
Sure, there are lots of exhausting sounding words -like tired and sweat and workout but there are even more positive sounding words – fun, social, free, freedom, happy – and I love all of it. I like that feeling of sweat drenching down my back when I’ve finished a run. I love running until I’m tired. I love cross-training on my bike.
I love running. And now I can’t wait for the snow to stop today so I can get back out there… Hmmm, maybe this trick is working on me after all.
Welcome to all my new blog-friends from the Blog Hop. Kudos to Kristy from the Runaway Bridal Planner for introducing us. I am looking forward to “hopping” over to all your blogs to get to know you better too.
Last time I did the blog hop, I wrote a longer introduction about who I am all around (click here to read). This time, my spotlight post is a little different because moving forward, I am focusing a little less on who I’ve been and working on who I want to become – that includes becoming a better runner.
I’ve included lots of links to other articles I think new readers might enjoy – previous posts about running and about other topics I write about.
- What are the first few words that come to mind when you hear the word “RUN”?
- What do you do to motivate yourself to exercise?