I was never the star athlete in high school. Didn’t play any intramural sports in college. I preferred more sedentary activities, like shopping and watching Dawson’s Creek. In fact, I spent 21 years of my life sitting on my butt… so sometimes I just have to TRICK myself into a run. :) It’s like reverse psychology on myself!
How do I trick myself to go on a run? Well, tonight was a perfect example. I got off work and felt no desire to run. But I knew I needed to.
- Trick #1: Prepare yourself to run. I put on my sneakers, get the dogs ready for me to leave, find my iPod, and fill up my water bottle — even while I’m trying to excuse myself from my run. That way, when I finally decide to actually DO IT, I can walk out the door in a moment’s notice. Delaying yourself in any way is bad, bad, bad!
- Trick #2: Do a few heel-clicks in said workout clothes and tell yourself that it’s going to be an AWESOMMMMME WORKOUT! (Yeah, that is me below… this afternoon… trying to pump myself up.)
- Trick #3: If you are scheduled to do a certain distance, tell yourself you can get away with a reduced number of miles. Today, I was suppose to do 5.0. I told myself I could just do 4.0. And I did. But at least I did SOMETHING!
- Trick #4: Remember that the first mile is the hardest. OK, sometimes all the miles are hard, but in my experience, Mile 1.0 is the lamest, longest, and most torturous. If you can get through the first mile, you’re golden.
- Trick #5: Get your butt off the couch and walk out the front door. No explanation needed!
- Trick #6: Repeat after me when the going gets rough: "I never regretted a run, but I always regret skipping one." Mantras rule.
Needless to say, going on my run was a challenge, and I did 4.0 miles instead of 5.0, but I am SURE glad I actually went on my last run before the big 15.0 mile race!
- Duration: 40 minutes (4.0 miles)
- Calories Burned: 320
Here are this afternoon’s eats… Yogurt with a smashed Kashi TLC bar:
The last lone 1/2 wedge of melon:
Nuts and raisins:
And dinner was DIVINE:
Baked salmon and brown rice with roasted carrots, celery, and shrooms. Just what I was craving — a balanced and veggie-rific meal!
Have a wonderful evening! Oh, and for dessert: a few square of Dove chocolate and a little glass of cold milk are screaming my name. 🙂
What healthy tricks do you use to talk yourself off the couch and into your workout?