Twitter Motivation

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I was feeling pretty lazy when I tweeted:


  • CaitlinHTP:  OK twitter friends – i need motivation!! i NEED to run 4 miles but i am so tired and feel lazy. HELP


Look at all the motivating advice I received back!


  • HelpMeghanRun@CaitlinHTP You can do it! Think of how awesome it will feel when you’re done. And plan a special treat (food or otherwise) for afterward 😀
  • WhereIsTheGnome@CaitlinHTP Put on your running clothes and leave your house. Just go! It’s only 40 minutes or so…
  • AlexDrew@caitlinhtp it always helps me to download a new CD and then listen to it while you run, it changes it up your run a little
  • CarrotsNCake@CaitlinHTP Think about how GREAT you will feel afterwards! Run for me and my bum hip! 🙂
  • pbswirl@CaitlinHTP you can do it 🙂 Just think of that great runners high afterwards! haha
  • KathEats@CaitlinHTP I just went 4 miles and ran super slow. Just go to jog, not run, and see the pretty sights.
  • PaigeRAN@CaitlinHTP you can do it! Think of it as "four easy miles" 😉
  • fitchicknyc@CaitlinHTP You will be so happy when its over. Just get out there and do it!
  • Blogstalker@CaitlinHTP I typically bribe myself with pizza and beer at the finish line. Sort of defeats the purpose but works every time.
  • BalanceSusan@CaitlinHTP get in your running gear. You’ll feel silly once you have it on and HAVE to go! 🙂
  • HangryPants@CaitlinHTP You will smile and feel more energized when it’s over.


What great tips!   After reading all of those motivational responses, I put on my running clothes and hit the pavement.


I ended up compromising with myself and did 3.0 miles instead of 4.0 miles.  Sometimes, that’s all I need to do to get myself out the door.  It was a very relaxing run because I left my iPod at home and just listened to the sounds of the city and my breathing. 


  • Duration: 29 minutes 3 seconds
  • Distance: 3.0 miles
  • Calories Burned: 240 approx


…Which concludes a 14.0-mile week for the first week of marathon training!


Here are my eats for the afternoon and evening.  Granola, Oikos yogurt, and pecans.


Another few dates.


And dinner by Husband:


Farmers’ market pasta with cream sauce, green beans,  zucchini, and kidney beans.


For dessert, I tried to make the banana ice cream that been floating around the blog world.  All you do is blend two frozen bananas (for two servings) in a food processor:


I was pretty skeptical, I must admit!  I would never say this tastes like ice cream, but it was a nice healthy alternative.


With coconut and raspberries!


Off to try to get some sleep.  It’s been a pretty crazy weekend, and I’m hoping Monday is non-eventful.


How do you get motivated to work out?



  • Peanut Butter Swirl August 2, 2009, 6:03 pm

    congrats on getting the run done 🙂
    awesome time!

    I just tried the banana soft served and enjoyed it too! I'll have to try it with coconut!

  • vegetarianontherun August 2, 2009, 6:08 pm

    Haha I JUST wrote about getting motivated for a four miler yesterday. I just told myself I would feel fine after the first half mile. The first half is the hardest, and then I am in the groove!

  • HangryPants August 2, 2009, 6:09 pm

    LOL – not ice cream true, but you have to admit that it's pretty good. also good mixed with yogurt.

  • Help Meghan Run August 2, 2009, 6:11 pm

    Woohoo! And glad to see someone else liked the banana soft serve. I tried it once and it didn't quite work, so this inspires me to try again.

  • Susan August 2, 2009, 6:18 pm

    Yay for getting out there! Even just one mile is better than none 😉 I really do get motivated by putting my workout clothes on. Sometimes just getting up and getting ready is half the battle 🙂

  • Bec August 2, 2009, 6:23 pm

    love twitter, its soo amazing 🙂

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal August 2, 2009, 6:28 pm

    Nice job, girlie! Glad we could all be of help!

    I personally love the banana ice cream! You're right, it's def not real ice cream, but it's almost as good especially with some raw chocolate syrup!

  • Matt August 2, 2009, 6:35 pm

    Lol I don't really need motivation to run. It is something I love to do. It is like how people like to sit and watch TV. I would rather run though 🙂

  • Whitney@whitsgettingfit August 2, 2009, 6:36 pm

    Congrats on the motivation + the awesome run! Your banana soft serve is putting mine to shame. I'm gonna have to go make some more!

  • platipus329 August 2, 2009, 6:39 pm

    I always plan ahead and get myself excited for the run I'm doing/not run something I know deep down I'm not feeling. Today I set out to do 5.6. Coming by my house for the 5th time, my mind said it had the energy to go 6.7, but I knew I set out to do 5.6 because that's what my legs asked for so I didn't go further. Do this enough and your legs get really good about knowing what they want, when they want.

  • Mandy August 2, 2009, 6:42 pm

    Sometimes making a compromise is better than doing nothing at all 🙂 Congrats on still getting your run in!!!

    I never use my twitter account… I need to start again!

  • MarathonVal August 2, 2009, 6:48 pm

    Congrats on a great first week of training!

    There are many things that I've found out help me out both mentally and physically to have successful runs, but right now my favorite is running group I belong to.

    Are there any running groups training for the marathon in your area? I actually LOVE going to bed early on Friday nights because I love, love, love my early Sat. am runs with the group!

  • Ashley Lauren August 2, 2009, 6:48 pm

    WOW!! What an awesome community 🙂 I'm just starting out as a runner, and I've been staying motivated by thinking of far other people go, and reminding myself that I don't want to settle for mediocrity. Running happens to be the best way to express that at the moment, since I'm successful at work and completed my Masters 🙂

  • Marissa {sparkles and fate} August 2, 2009, 6:54 pm

    Anything topped with coconut has to be good!!

  • Trish August 2, 2009, 7:30 pm

    I just tried the banana trick for the first time yesterday – loved it!!! I am sold and will be making it again . . . and again and again. I was a yummy treat. I wasn't expecting to turn out as well as it did.

  • Mary Sailors August 2, 2009, 7:47 pm

    Wow!! Sweet motivation from twitter!!
    Good job on getting out to do something!

  • Hi! I'm Erin August 2, 2009, 7:48 pm

    Like you, I'll tell myself I can do fewer miles than I have on the schedule. And I usually end up doing all of them anyway.

    A friend of mine gave me a frozen banana "ice cream" recipe where you add soy milk and vanilla protein powder when you blend them. Alternately, she said you can add chocolate soy milk and chocolate protein powder and have chocolate "ice cream". I think the milk gives it a slightly creamier consistency.

  • THE ACTORS DIET August 2, 2009, 7:50 pm

    i've yet to try the banana ice cream….not expecting much!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) August 2, 2009, 8:09 pm

    Well done on getting out there- sometimes that's the hardest part of the run!

  • Rebeca @All Vegged Out August 2, 2009, 9:36 pm

    Great job C!

    I'm glad you kept it real on the "softserve" that was my thought too- good but not ice cream lol

  • Bricklyrknitter August 3, 2009, 4:18 am

    Nice job on your run! When I have those blah days and don't feel like running, I remind myself, I'm never sorry when I DO, but I'm always sorry when I DON'T

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn August 3, 2009, 4:33 am

    I imagine biting into that banana "ice cream" and thinking… oh.. bananas. haha.

    Glad you got your run on! Sometimes just listening to your own breathing is the best thing.

  • Kfred622 August 3, 2009, 6:00 am

    good job on the run 😀 Eating dark chocolate after a workout motivates me! hahaha- I don't like banana's do you think something else would work ? I doubt it… it looks good though!

  • Andee (Runtolive) August 3, 2009, 10:56 am

    I love the coconut addition!

  • Stephanie August 3, 2009, 2:50 pm

    that "banana ice cream" looks good! i should try it…

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