I wish I looked like this when I ran....
But instead I usually look like this....
As you know, John and I have been "training" for a 5k. I feel like, lately, I've gotten into a rut. I know that if I work at it I will enjoy it, because I have before! Three years ago I took three months to train for a 10k and I felt amazing. There's nothing like being able to run for 20 minutes straight without breaking a sweat, and even though I miss that feeling it's not enough to get my butt out the door.
For some reason I can't find my motivating factor. I've tried...
"Running to stay fit." - Even though my body has definitely seen better days I seem to be content with it's smushy state.
"Running so I can have a rockin' bod." - Even though my body has definitely seen better days I seem to be content with it's smushy state.
"Running so I can eat whatever I want." - I'll eat whatever I want running or no running.
"Running so I'll have more energy." - Yeah, but I don't have the energy to start running!
"Running because it is fun." - Lies.
"Running because people who run are really cool." - Don't worry, I already have that covered. ; )
"Running because you're fleeing from law enforcement." - I've definitely considered committing crimes in an effort to jump start my training.
See? I'm at a loss here! I have exactly 5 weeks left to prepare for my 5k and I'm way behind! I'm trying my hardest to have the fact that I have to run 3.1 miles in 5 weeks be my motivating factor, but there's only one problem there...I'm the master procrastinator. I never worked on a homework assignment early...always the night before. I thrive on pressure! The only problem is, I know that it is impossible to train for a 5k the night before. Oh Lord, do I need help!
Question(s) of the Day:
How do you stay motivated to run/work out?
Any tips for training for a race?
What keeps your workouts fresh and fun?