Thursday, December 1, 2011

Staying motivated to run. . .when you can't!

It is kind of funny that in my last post I said I would be doing a "posting series about staying motivated to" and then I got really sick . . .and now I can't run.

That is one of the hardest things I had to come to grips with about running. That you really have to work at getting back out for a run when things get in your way. Work gets busy, LIFE gets busy, you get a couple of runs in and think "great! now I'm in a routine again" and WHAM! You get a cold. Now, I know that some people can run with colds - and more power to them! However, with my asthma, I really can't mess around when I get a cold because it is prone to move directly to my chest, no matter what. That typically means I'm out for a week, at least. I've just come down with a cold- that I'm already feeling in my chest. I have a race on Dec 10 - 8 days from now. Blaaarrrrrrrggghhh!

That's one thing I do to stay motiveated and get back out there quickly when things get in the way: Sign up for regular races! The one on 12/10 will be my 7th (and last) race of the year.  As long as I have a race coming up, I know I'll get back out there the first chance I get.

I'd like to know how others stay motivated, or get back on track, after an extended break or illness. What do you do?

Don't forget! All you have to do is comment- and you'll be entered for my iFitness Single Pouch Running Belt giveaway on Dec 19. Each post you comment on from now until then will get you entered for the giveaway.


  1. It's tough sometimes! I miss one day, maybe even just 2, and I suddenly don't feel like going. The cookies and cheese start calling my name.. I have learned to just override myself. NOT going, is not an option. Rain is not an excuse, I run when I am able, not when it is convenient, and if it means, like today, that I am outside at 5 am, in the rain, when it is 35 degrees out, then so be it. I don't melt, and I had a great 4.5 miles. I tell myself I am a runner. Runners don't make excuses. And I lace up my shoes.

  2. I am in a huge motivation rut since the Monumental. Haven't been out once. I am hoping some awesome new running shoes for Christmas will get my butt in gear. If not that, we are joining a gym soon, that will help me do something.

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