Pet Peeve Pep Talks

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Yesterday, my energy levels were dragging.  I spent a good two hours trying to talk myself into tackling the 3.0-mile run on my training plan.


I only have a few pet peeves:


People who lie

Not closing the shower curtain

Sitting in the window seat

Dust on the floor

Grammar police


Please count the phrase “It’s only 3.0 miles” on my pet peeve list.  I guess ‘only 3.0 miles’ is intended to be motivating (and is usually uttered by people who regularly run double digits).  Maybe it’s intended to be along the lines of “you can do anything for 10 minutes,” but man – THREE MILES IS THREE MILES.  That’s 3,000 foot strikes.  At least 1,800 seconds.  The length of 9 trashy pop songs. 


I tried to tell myself, “Come on, Caitlin… it’s only 3.0 miles,” and my mind shot back, “I HATE YOU. THREE MILES IS SO FAR!”  Yeah.  It didn’t really work. 


So instead, I remembered how exhausted – but strong – I felt during the best race of my life.  I gave myself the, “If you can do that, you can do anything” pep speech, which was MUCH more effective. 


And then I ran 3.0 miles!  It was hard but I was proud of myself for sticking to my plan. 


My legs were sore this morning!  I stretched it out in the kitchen as I waited for my tea to brew.


In the mix:


Panda Puffs


Greek yogurt



It looks like another beautiful Fall day out there…


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Too bad I’m going to be stuck in an office!


What’s your favorite workout pep talk?  What pep talk really irritates you?  Does saying, “It’s only X miles!” work for you?



  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 15, 2011, 9:49 am

    My best motivational/pep talk phrase is usually “you can do anything for a mile.” by the end of that mile I’m usually over whatever slump I was feeling or if I’m still feeling like crap, I’ll usually just take a break or quit. At least I tried 😉

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 15, 2011, 9:51 am

    Don’t worry – I’ll be stuck in an office too, so I can sympathize with you! I think the words that run through my head when I run which motivate me the most are things like “Nothing worth having comes easy”, and “you’re stronger than you think”. If I’m feeling a bit sluggish pre-run, I think “the hardest steps are the first 100” – because really, after that, you’re in the running ‘groove’ and it doesn’t feel nearly as bad as when you started. As far as pet peeves.. I’ve never really thought about it! I don’t know if I have any!

  • Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count September 15, 2011, 9:53 am

    Haha! I love that you said that “only” 3 miles is a pet peeve. I couldn’t agree more…3 miles (especially in Florida heat) is not easy when you aren’t a marathon runner!

    Motivation to get my butt into gear is…you may hate lacing up your shoes, but you will feel SO MUCH BETTER after you are done.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 15, 2011, 9:54 am

    I am totally the grammar police… my pet peeve is when people use the wrong words or say things incorrectly. Don’t kids learn grammar these days? It’s frustrating.

    I like the line “You’re cheating yourself” if I feel like I’m slacking at something.

    I don’t think there are any pep talks that irritate me though.

  • Dynamics September 15, 2011, 9:54 am

    I am stuck in an office also. At least I have a few trees and a few squirrels to look at. Oh, I forgot, that nasty Great Egret mocking me.

  • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs September 15, 2011, 9:56 am

    “It’s only 3 miles” drives me nuts too. Um, I will be stoked when I can feel like I am ONLY running three miles. Right now, three miles is intense for me…

  • Shelly September 15, 2011, 9:56 am

    The way you’re honest about your mileage and your struggles makes me feel so much better about myself. I ran a marathon in Feb. but since then life has gotten in the way (and I’ve gotten more into other workouts, like Yoga) and while I could probably run 6 miles right now, I’d fall over at the end of it, and I’m mainly working on 3.5 miles runs lately- they definitely feel sufficiently challenging. (Also, I moved to a city with hills! Ouch!)
    But I’m so glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t always maintain mega mileage. I remember when I’d face a 10 mile run and thing “no biggie” or “thank god, it’s a short long run this week!” but that’s not where I am right now.
    I guess knowing I’m not the only one in that boat makes me feel much more okay about it!

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) September 15, 2011, 9:57 am

    Yeah, I think the “It’s ONLY …” pep talk is the most irritating. Although I will motivate myself by saying that I just have to do something for 10-15 minutes. I guess minutes-wise it doesn’t bother me so much!

  • Debbie September 15, 2011, 9:57 am

    I really hate those people that say “You’re almost there,” when you have about a mile left in a marathon. As they sit on their friggin’ butts!

    • CaitlinHTP September 15, 2011, 9:59 am

      WAIT. I forgot. This is definitely one of my pet peeves. I do not think spectator should yell “you are almost there” unless they can SEE the finish line. 11 miles of a half = NOT almost there!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Tracy September 15, 2011, 11:03 am

        Heh – or “It’s all downhill from here.” Which is almost never true.

        Question, you mention 3000 footstrikes for 3 miles. Was that kind of just a “throw it out there” number, or? I take about 1600 steps per mile (so 4800 for 3 miles) when I’m running at relaxed (like 10:00) pace. I know sometimes when people say footstrikes, they are referring to a left-and-then-right foot as a “strike”… so maybe I’m misunderstanding. Not that it matters – anyway! I was just curious.

        I kind of like, “You’ll feel better if you do it; worse if you don’t” as motivation.

        (And, hey, a writer shouldn’t peeve the grammar police!)

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 15, 2011, 10:00 am

    Yes I hate the “its only 3 miles” — to be honest sometimes those “shorter” runs (I’m talking shorter in relation to the longer 5-8+ mile runs I also do each week) are the toughest for me because I feel like it should be easy.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat September 15, 2011, 10:01 am

    That’s a pet peeve of mine too because no matter how much you run, sometimes 3 miles can seem like an eternity depending on how you feel or the course you are on, how much sleep you’ve had, or maybe you have taken a break from running and sometimes it’s hard to get back into the swing of things.

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life September 15, 2011, 10:03 am

    Sometimes to get myself going I’ll look at the clock and say..if I go workout now, I’ll be done by (insert time 30 minutes from now). Then if I don’t get up, I watch the minutes tick by and start to feel a sense of urgency.

  • Chelsea September 15, 2011, 10:07 am

    It’s only X miles definetly doesn’t work for me. I count down like the whole time though. Say it’s 6 miles I’ll count down 5, 4, 3 (HALF WAY!), 2, 1(LAST ONE!), and done. I get pretty psyched when I reach the 3’s lol. Like on 3 mile runs I start getting that second wind at 1.5 because I know I’m half way 🙂 That always helps me out. Along with some Lady G to push me ;D

    • Whitney September 15, 2011, 10:23 am

      I listen to Lady G every long run! 🙂

  • ~Jessica~ September 15, 2011, 10:08 am

    The ‘only x miles’ works really well for me most of the time, but it *really* ticks me off when others use it in a derogatory sense. Fine, marathon training skews your sense of distance but regularly referring to ‘only 10 miles’ sounds a little arrogant to me (not that you ever did this! It’s just something I’ve noticed cropping up elsewhere sometimes).

    Congrats on your 3 miles! I’m injured at the moment and suddenly you realise how far 3 miles really is when you’re increasing distance again.

    Pain is fear leaving the body is my favourite mantra!


  • Christine September 15, 2011, 10:11 am

    My favorite pep running pep talks ends in “…you can get frozen yogurt/a pedicure/a new book.” Pep talk… bribery…

  • Kristen @ The Concrete Runner September 15, 2011, 10:12 am

    A went to Colorado a few summers ago and we hiked 4 14,000-ft mountains in one day. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, including running a marathon. Whenever I am struggling on a run, I always tell myself the same thing you do – If I can do that, I can do anything.

    • jamie @ cueyourlife September 15, 2011, 1:15 pm

      I like that! I do that too sometimes. I’ve had a baby, run 2 half marathons and graduated college…heck…3 miles! Bring it on!

      • Kristen @ The Concrete Runner September 15, 2011, 1:38 pm

        Yeah, I’m sure it’ll be different in about a month here when I have a baby! I will be saying “I had a baby – 3 miles is nothing!” LOL!

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 15, 2011, 10:17 am

    That doesn’t work for me—i know how long 3 miles will feel! If I really want to get motivated, I think back to the last time I skipped a run or two and remember how annoyed with myself, sluggish, and just grumpy I was. It always gets me going to know a post-workout good mood awaits!

  • Danielle September 15, 2011, 10:18 am

    “Practice makes perfect” I played softball competitively growing up and my dad was my coach. He would always tell me that and it got on my nerves so much! I pitched and played outfield, flat out refused to play infield because I was always nervous about getting hit in the face by a grounder. (which happened a few times!) So we can add “Don’t be gunshy!” to my list too. haha

  • Whitney September 15, 2011, 10:21 am

    I swear your posts resignate with me so often it’s scary! I say this to myself ALL the time as I am training for my first marathon. Last weekend my running buddy was out of town and I had 12 miles on the schedule to run by myself. I just kept telling myself “It’s ONLY 12 miles” and once I got out there I was fine and had an awesome run. It really is crazy how marathon training can skew your distance for you. I am very careful, however, that I only say it to myself to motivate and not to others who are not training for a marathon and would look at me crazy for saying it’s ONLY 12 miles!! I think you have to be conscious of this!

    Another great thought provoking posts! Thanks! love it 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:14 am

      Good luck on your first mary 🙂 You’ll do great!

  • khushboo September 15, 2011, 10:21 am

    Haha love this pet peeve- so true! The ‘you’re only one workout away from a good movie’ usually does the trick for me. Or another is one is telling myself I can stop if I’m not feelin it after 20 mins- at least I tried! Once the adrenalain starts flowing, I usually want to continue!

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl September 15, 2011, 10:21 am

    I try that by trying to think of excuses NOT to run means I really have no excuse at all so I just need to hop to it!

  • Kate September 15, 2011, 10:22 am

    I usually tell myself to “remember how proud you’re going to be when you’re done.” That usually pushes me through and gets me to go a little further because I get excited about what I’ve done. It also acknowledges how difficult whatever I’m trying to do is!

  • Mariel September 15, 2011, 10:22 am

    You are right! I don’t care what anyone says, 3 mi is 3 mi!!!!
    Mymotivation is knowing how great I usually feel when I’m done, even if I am exhausted!!!

  • Dana September 15, 2011, 10:24 am

    That’s so true!! When I’m tired or I don’t feel like running I can’t trick myself with the ole’ ‘it’s only 3 miles’ trick. If I don’t feel like running, I don’t even feel like running 10 feet let alone 15840 of them. It does feel good though when you tell yourself to shut up and you just get out there! I always feel the best after a run that I really didn’t even want to start….even if it isn’t my fastest or best run.

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) September 15, 2011, 10:30 am

    During runs I usually play a game with myself and find different things to run to. For instance, I’ll start running and see a fire hydrant up ahead… I’ll say to myself “okay, get to the fire hydrant” and once I reach it, I’ll think to myself “that wasn’t too bad… see that light post up ahead? lets try to run to there” and so on. Before I know it, I’ve been running for 15 minutes straight!

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life September 15, 2011, 10:32 am

    I stick with the “you will feel so much better after you finish” and the “just shut up and do it already, don’t be lazy” pep talks usually. For the most part, they work like a charm!

  • Mia September 15, 2011, 10:33 am

    I don’t really have any pet peeves when it comes to pep talks. but, I used to have a running buddy who on long out and back runs would always try to motivate me by saying the way back was all downhill and that we should go faster. Um, no, it wasn’t all down hill. In fact, according to my garmin there is a 150 foot rise in elevation on the way back.

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:14 am


  • Caitie September 15, 2011, 10:34 am

    I saw this quote on pinterest and I think its awesome. “You can either feel sore tomorrow, or you can feel sorry tomorrow.” I think its so motivating!!

  • Colleen September 15, 2011, 10:34 am

    I try using the it’s only however many miles. I also try and distract myself.

  • Jenn @ Frost Bites September 15, 2011, 10:37 am

    Like you, I have injuries to deal with so right now I am unable to run, too. I tried to do an “easy” 3 miles yesterday — fail. I’ve been reading lots of your motivation and dealing with injuries in the past so that helps me get through this running hiatus.

  • Liz @ Southern Charm September 15, 2011, 10:42 am

    My favorite pep talk is when people yell to motive you or say things that piss me off (since I’m stubborn). For instance “my 300 pound client can do more jumping jacks than you”. It makes me want to prove them wrong 🙂

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 15, 2011, 10:42 am

    Good for you! I bet you feel so much better now.

  • Caitlin @ Cake with Love September 15, 2011, 10:44 am

    I couldn’t exercise in 4 days, and I will admit it I feel kind of guilty, but I really didn’t have the energy or the mood, and I knoe if I would’ve pushed I would’ve felt worse, so I rested and today I feel a million times better, and when I get home I will rock that TurboFire dvd!

  • jamie @ cueyourlife September 15, 2011, 10:45 am

    Eek. The pep talk. I’m SO much better at giving them to others than myself!! I think the only thing I really use a pep talk for is running hills. I look at the hill and tell my body, “Just wait…you’ll be stronger for it.” …and then do the same for each repeat. And I AM stronger for it! Yaya hills…I love them..and hate them!

  • Jess September 15, 2011, 10:45 am

    Saying “it’s only X miles” worked for me when I was in half or marathon shape–right now, in stress-fracture-haven’t-run-in-two-months shape, ANY miles are lots of miles!! My pep talk once I heal is going to be, “You CAN run! You GET to run! Be happy because you ARE RUNNING!” 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:13 am

      How’s your SF healing up? I hope you are 100% soon!!

      • Jess September 17, 2011, 4:09 pm

        Thanks! 😀 It’s getting there–I had a small setback when I stupidly did some jumping squats because I felt good (oops). I’m taking it really easy (just pool running, yoga, and easy biking) and hoping to start walks this week and *maybe* add back a couple minutes of running the week after!

        Great 10k today! 😀

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) September 15, 2011, 10:48 am

    I get overwhelmed if I tell myself “only x more miles” during a run. I immediately translate it to marathon miles and start to panic. But I do well with “there is more behind you than there is in front of you” once I hit the half way mark. It’s positive but ambiguous enough to keep the number crunching out of it!

  • R. Chandra September 15, 2011, 10:51 am

    i usually tell myself, “if you don’t want to run you can always walk, just get the miles in,” and that gets me out there and most of the time i end up running! (and if i’m really not feeling it i WILL walk). i’m the type that’s SO intimidated by running a 5k as fast as i can, but not intimidated by a steady walk/run of a marathon.

    on another pet peeve note i absolutely hate it when i’m on the phone and someone starts talking to me or telling me to tell the person i am on the phone with something. my brain explodes.

  • Carolina John September 15, 2011, 10:53 am

    It’s only 3 miles seems to me like an excuse to skip it. I motivate by being scared of my next goal. like ironman.

  • Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland September 15, 2011, 10:58 am

    I despire the phrase “It’s only ___ miles.” The first time I ran 3 miles I sat on my front porch exhausted. Now I have ran half marathons, but I will never forget how tired I was after those first three miles…or when I ran the mile in 8th grade!

  • JenATX September 15, 2011, 10:58 am

    My boyfriend leaves the shower curtain open & it drives me CAH-RAZY!

    When I’m running & I get tired I just tell myself, “come on, just run a little bit more. Its basically walking only a little bit faster.” Put that way, it doesn’t sound so hard.

  • Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland September 15, 2011, 10:58 am

    And that’s what I get for not proof reading my own comment…clearly I meant “despise” not despire! oops!

  • Ashley September 15, 2011, 11:00 am

    If I’m trying to talk myself into a run, I tell myself ‘just do it’, and put on my running clothes and shoes, and try not to the think about it. For me the hardest part of exercising is getting started. Once I get going, I usually enjoy it (usually).

  • Alanna September 15, 2011, 11:01 am

    The pep-talk I’ve found most effective so far is “Just do it and then you won’t have to think about it anymore”. It reminds me that if I don’t do it thinking about what I didn’t do will be just as painful as will last much longer than actually doing it.

    Pet peeve pep-talk: Anything that compares what I’m about to do with something else. Things change, comparisons don’t take that into account. Plus I’m not at all competitive. Comparing me or what I’m doing to something else only pisses me off and I want to do it even less.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 15, 2011, 11:01 am

    I just try and remind myself of how I feel AFTER I finish my workout – although it’s not hard to get me to run! I was injured for 4 months and have been back on for 2 and am thankful for every second!

  • Carolyn @ cool beans September 15, 2011, 11:07 am

    I hate that too! I generally just tell myself to do 1 mile, and then I end up doing the whole three anyway. I find when I tell myself to just take it easy and do what feels good, I wind up having some of my best runs anyway!

    I also hate when people just leave cupboard doors open when they are done with them. I don’t understand. It takes like what, a second, to close it? Haha.

    • Faith @ For the Health of It September 15, 2011, 11:22 am

      I think taking some of the pressure off is a great motivator to do a longer distance, because you can and want to instead of because you “have to”.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 15, 2011, 11:10 am

    I like to tell myself that I can do something if only for “this” amount of time and once I start, I want to keep going. I hate liars too! I also hate arrogance. Worst trait ever.

  • Marnie September 15, 2011, 11:11 am

    I totally agree. “It’s only X miles” doesn’t motivate me at all.

    I try to remind myself that I’ve never actually regretted going out for a run. Sometimes I try the “just go outside and run for 10 minutes and if you are still miserable after 10 minutes you can stop.” And when I’m really not feeling it, I tell myself that I can stop by Starbucks on the way home. Not the most budget-friendly motivational tip, but it is effective.

  • Faith @ For the Health of It September 15, 2011, 11:19 am

    My distance ability pretty much maxes out around 3 miles (5 on a super-rock-star day) so I’m discouraged when I hear “serious” runners throw around the “only three miles” line. It can be a huge struggle in its own, and I seriously appreciate the heck out of you – someone with what, 40+ races under her belt – stopping to mention that 3 miles in and of itself is a great accomplishment! I sometimes forget that I’m doing good things by doing what little I can because it’s not a half marathon, and I think that bummy mental attitude is what’s actually keeping me from having the stamina and gumption to increase my mileage!

  • Lindsay J September 15, 2011, 11:21 am

    I know that feeling. The other day I had been in the kitchen all afternoon baking a cake, making lasagna, getting ready for my son’s second birthday and I was trying to talk myself into doing my workout. I have been doing Crossfit Endurance so it was a time trial week, just a one mile run at my fastest pace. When I finally got to the track and got in the workout I strained my quad muscle! Maybe sometimes we talk ourselves out of workouts because we have a little esp or instinct that tells us it might turn out bad…just a thought.

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:13 am

      Do you like Crossfit?

      • Lindsay J September 18, 2011, 7:59 pm

        I do like Crossfit. I originally tried it a few years back when my husband started. I hated it because it was so hard and it always got me out of my comfort zone. I just recently started up with Crossfit Endurance which incorporates Crossfit workouts with single sport or three sport training (i.e. just running, just biking, or triathlon training). I feel much stronger overall, although there are many days when I am sore head to toe! Check it out

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots September 15, 2011, 11:25 am

    You are one of the few healthy living bloggers out there that appreciate difficult running any distance can be and I am so thankful for that. To me, it is motivating knowing that a rockstar marathoner, triathlete, general badass like yourself struggles with the same kind of mileage I struggle with sometimes. It makes me feel like it’s okay.

    I do the same thing you do for motivation. “You kicked ass and ran a half marathon! You can definitely do 1/3 of that today.” Not only does it motivate myself, but it also gives me a second to reflect on my awesome accomplishment and be proud.

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:12 am

      Thanks sweetie.

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal September 15, 2011, 11:32 am

    I had trouble getting out the door yesterday too but then saw amanda at two boos who eat tweet how she needed motivation for her workout too, so i told her if she went out for hers, so would I! We both got our runs in and had a great time talking about it afterwards!

  • Gillian @ That's G September 15, 2011, 11:35 am

    Tina from Carrot n Cake’s “You never regret a workout” REALLY works for me. Sometimes when my alarm goes off for that morning run I contemplate the extra hour of sleep, but when I remember that little phrase I’m always happy I ended up choosing to work out.

  • Kelly September 15, 2011, 11:39 am

    No…that does not motivate me either. I usually tell myself how much better I will feel if I do the workout versus how crappy I will feel if I don’t. That usually does it.

  • Laura September 15, 2011, 11:52 am

    The “its only x miles” only works for me when have only 1 left. I can convince myself that 1 is not too much.

    My favorite pep talk is “easy does it.” There is a song by Jake Owen by that name, and granted its about “loving your lady” but the lyrics work for running too (at least for me). And his voice soothes me. And he’s my country music boyfriend.

  • Marysa September 15, 2011, 11:53 am

    Whenever I’m feeling lazy or have that dragging feeling, I have a trick that works everytime. While I’m still debating (for example) if I really want to go to the gym I change into my gym attire and do all the prepping. Before I know it, I’m all dressed and ready to go – which usually signals – ok GO! Next time, just have it in the back of your mind that you’re doing it even as you argue with yourself.

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition September 15, 2011, 12:00 pm

    I cannot stand “it’s ONLY three miles,” because for me three miles is a LOT right now – I can run about 1.5 miles before I start struggling, so three miles is a stretch (I took a long break from running and my endurance is not great).

    My biggest motivator is that I have never regretted a workout.

  • Lee September 15, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I do a lot of, “If I run this today, I won’t have to do it tomorrow.” to get myself going.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 15, 2011, 12:05 pm

    If I reaaallllyyy don’t want to do something, I say, do it for only 15 minutes–and then b/c it feels so good to (workout) I keep going! Besides, being thankful that I CAN workout is a hge motivator as well!

  • Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY September 15, 2011, 12:17 pm

    I motivate myself by planning a big, fun meal of things that I don’t normally eat after my long runs. For my short runs, I just tell myself to “get it done.” No matter how slow I have to run. Usually I get into a rhythm after about 15 minutes though and it’s not so painful anymore.

  • Kelly September 15, 2011, 12:29 pm

    I ran 3 miles yesterday – and it was the farthest that I have run since I started Couch to 5K. The “its only 3 miles” mantra definitely would NOT work for me. 3 miles felt (and still feels) like forever. I do find that using minutes often helps though – “Its only 2 minutes” or “its only 5 minutes” It seems like more of a solid aspect, if I was going for miles, who knows I could be running for hours! …and that’s scary to think about 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:12 am

      How do you think C25K went?

      • Kelly September 16, 2011, 10:12 pm

        I’m still working on it 🙂 I just started week 7. So far its gone pretty well, aside from a few short breaks because of injuries/possible injuries that I didn’t want to get worse. But I’m hoping that the injuries are done with at this point. I might even sign up for a 5K in November! Its even a GOTR 5K!! We’ll see…..November in Wisconsin is COLD!

  • Joanna @ things after the rings September 15, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Before bed I’ll think to myself, “I’m going to feel so good after my workout tomorrow morning.” When I struggle to get going in the morning and just want to get back in bed (which I’ve been doing far too frequently recently), I tell myself, just get out the door and then, just keep walking.

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:11 am

      I love how you positively build it up in your mind the night before! i do that before races.

  • Brooke @ Tales of a Bride-To-Be September 15, 2011, 12:37 pm

    I have those days too! Trying to talk yourself into something is the hardest part. I have 5 miles left to run in my training plan this week and I honestly am not looking forward to finishing it. My legs are hurting all the time now, I keep telling myself I need more rest days 😉 and this morning I was dressed, ready to go and laying on the floor. My hubby to be asked what I was doing, I simply replied “trying to pretend I’m done.” I dragged myself up and tackled the miles feeling good I did it. I always forget the rewarding feeling after a run and just dwell on the starting. Need to stop that!

  • Selena September 15, 2011, 12:39 pm

    When it gets difficult I tell myself that if I can give birth 3 different times and 2 with no drugs, running for 30 minutes is a piece of cake.

  • Hillary September 15, 2011, 12:42 pm

    I always tell myself I’ll feel better after I work out. It’s true at least 90% of the time, so it usually works ; )

  • Allie September 15, 2011, 12:43 pm

    I can only follow “It’s only X miles!” if x=1. As I was dragging through the end of a hot 5K in high school, a cross country teammate told me “you can do anything for one mile!” I pictured someone hopping backwards for a mile, and it totally did the trick.

  • Sam September 15, 2011, 12:47 pm

    3 miles definitely is a lot! especially depending on the day 😛 One motivator is to look at my training schedule the day before and make some sort of plan for what I’m going to do. or tell my boyfriend or post that I am going to do it. That makes me feel like i have to follow through! And after I will always feel better than before.

  • Ali @ Around the VeggieTable September 15, 2011, 12:48 pm

    My favorite ever is: “Dead Last is better than Did Not Finish which trumps Did Not Start.” I hate when someone tells me I’ll feel better afterwards though. Even though I know they are right, it doesn’t help and just angers me haha.

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:11 am

      I like that 🙂

  • PaigeP September 15, 2011, 12:51 pm

    When there is a workout that I am dreading or don’t want to do, it is usually because I am tired or drained from work. I know that I want to do the workout; just don’t feel like doing it at “full throttle.”

    What I do is tell myself to forget going hard, and enjoy just being outside and being alive. I will leave the Garmin at home, and even stop and walk every now and then if I feel like it. Sometimes it is SO calming to just enjoy being outside and being active than to worry about it or think about it as a “work out.”

  • Amber K September 15, 2011, 12:52 pm

    I’d much rather tell myself I can quit whenever I want to. Not after a specific time period, because whatever time limit it is I will think of nothing else until I reach it and then end up quitting. But if I give myself the option to quit whenever, I’m much more likely to stick with it.

    My pet peeve is actually a new one which is when people tell me to tell myself “I have never regretted a workout, but I have regretted not working out.” <- That's fine if that works for you! But don't tell me it will work for me, because it doesn't. I have actually regretted working out quite a few times. When I have been sick, when I have had stomach pain, etc. My problem is I get stomach pain quite often (still figuring out what foods upset my stomach). So sometimes working out makes it feel so much better, and sometimes it makes it feel SOOO much worse. But I never know which will occur until I do it, and I always regret when I feel worse, worser, and worst.

  • Katie September 15, 2011, 12:56 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you. Thanks you for talking about how being healthy and getting up and going isn’t always easy. Sometimes reading about how other people get up and run a 16 mile training run or just a fast few miles makes me feel like another breed of person. Why isn’t it so easy for me? But it being easy isn’t the goal, is it? And you are so honest and real that I never feel like an amateur compared to you the professional after reading about your runs.
    And I wrote youonce a few months back about how helpful your were about recovering from an injury. Well, I’m back to running and thanks for that too.

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:11 am

      Thanks girl! I’m glad you are feeling better, too.

  • Cat September 15, 2011, 1:00 pm

    I think it’s best to never minimize your efforts when it comes to exercise. That’s why “only” can be a bad way to have a pep talk, because sometimes it doesn’t feel like it’s “only” 3 miles! It’s sort of in the same realm as beating yourself up over something. Not worth it! Be proud of what you are accomplishing!

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset September 15, 2011, 1:03 pm

    Umm wow this post could not have come at a better time! I “just ran 4 miles” this morning and it doesn’t seem like enough for me. But I was so tired and my legs felt like total crap so I had to cut the run down. Afterwards I felt guilty but you are right, it is still 4 miles and that is a lot! 3 is awesome too…that’s my plan for tomorrow if I still feel tired 🙂

  • Katie September 15, 2011, 1:07 pm

    For me, I have to break it down as ‘only’ having to run short segments, and ignoring the big picture. Since I can’t run anymore :P, it’s ‘only 3 minutes’ and then I keep adding on and on as if my legs don’t know I’m lying to myself!

  • Tracy September 15, 2011, 1:13 pm

    I love your running posts! I am running the Spinx Half Marathon in Greenville in October (my first) and I am so nervous! I’m not a naturally efficient runner, mostly due to my short, nubby legs, so I get easily frustrated with my 10 minute miles. It’s great to see that other people go through the same thing!

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:10 am

      That’s the one I did! You will love it.

  • Rachel September 15, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Lately, I’ve been trying to be more “present” and part of that includes not even thinking about my workout until it is right before the time to head towards the gym or whatever. I noticed that I would sit at my office and obsess ALL day about what class I was going to take at the gym or what routine I was going to do. And then by the time 5 PM rolled around, I had lost all of my motivation.

    So now, I try not to think about it at all until after work, and then I can decide if I’m going to go or not. No reason to stress out all day for no reason!

    So far, it has worked out great for me. Anytime the little thoughts creep in about my workout 6 hours away, I can just say “don’t worry about it right now. See how you feel in 6 hours” And wouldn’t ya know? When the time rolls around that it is actually time to go, I’ve got all the motivation in the world.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me September 15, 2011, 1:14 pm

    One of my pet peeves is people leaving Christmas lights up well into March! It’s March!! TAKE IT DOWN!

    ok I’m done haha.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) September 15, 2011, 1:23 pm

    I don’t mind self-pep talks… but those “you’re almost there” comments during races are NOT helpful.

    P.S. Have you seen this ?

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:09 am

      I read an article about here the other day – so awesome.

  • Liz September 15, 2011, 1:27 pm

    Panda Puffs! I finally got to try them is week. I happened to notice my grocery had a big rack of boxes on manager’s special – not sure why since they weren’t expired or damaged. Anyhow, I got 3 boxes for a total of $4.50 – and I love ’em! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:09 am

      OMG you are sooo lucky!!!!! love me some panda puffs.

  • Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn September 15, 2011, 1:28 pm

    It is definitely not “only” three miles!! The day I can run at all, even just one mile, I will jump for joy!
    My worst pet peeve is a bit weird, I hate too-short trousers 😛
    Oh and similar to Ash’s, I hate it when I see shops selling Christmas stuff in September!

  • Emily September 15, 2011, 2:09 pm

    ‘Its only x’ doesn’t work for me.

    I always do the “remember how good it feels once you’re out there and loose” thing instead. And I promise myself if I don’t feel good after ten minutes, I can go home. But I never actually have gone home after ten!

  • Su September 15, 2011, 2:10 pm

    Why does it bother you sitting on the window seat? : )

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:09 am

      I can’t get up to pee!

  • Ally September 15, 2011, 2:14 pm

    HAH, I’ve tried so many times to use the phrase “it’s only three miles” to motivate myself to no avail. Food is a great motivator for me, however 😉

    I use music as my self motivator, and I also remind myself of the reasons why I am running (swimming or biking). That seems to help most of the time. If I didn’t *enjoy* it, I honestly don’t think I’d be doing it. (The word enjoy is used loosely, honestly who enjoys waking up at 5:30 to go for a 6 mile run?! Crazy, I tell ya.)

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 15, 2011, 2:21 pm

    i just remind myself how fabulous i will feel after. it is cliche and somewhat cheesy but “you will never regret a workout” really gets my booty moving!

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:08 am

      true that!

  • Julia September 15, 2011, 2:29 pm

    I love how your pet peeve is the only statement. My runs are usually 2-3 miles (I’m slowly working my way up!), but sometimes I get embarrassed to act like my workouts are hard (which they are for me) when people are telling me how they ran 6 or 7 or more.
    So yay this made my morning!

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 15, 2011, 2:50 pm

    I HATE it’s only _ miles. What’s hard for someone is easy for someone else, and it feels judgey and weird for someone to say that to you (or even you to yourself haha).

    I’m pretty much not a fan of ANY pep talks. I don’t have much internal dialogue, other than, “Well, this has a deadline I should probably do it.” or “I should probably do this now”. VERY infrequently do I use harsh internal dialogue, and I don’t respond well to outside pressure.

    Just my personality I think.

  • Shayla @ The Good Life September 15, 2011, 2:57 pm

    I love giving myself certain pep talks…like telling myself I can do an easy elliptical workout and not have to go balls to the wall 🙂 And knowing I have a magazine to read while ellipticalling and a good playlist to listen to always helps 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 15, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Oh my gosh, right along with you! I had a 2 mile easy run the other day…and since that was after a 16 miler a few days before, that really did seem like an “only 2 mile” situation..but those were the LONGEST two miles ever! So, there is no such thing as “it’s only..” when it comes to running. Even the shortest distances can be SO far.

  • jean September 15, 2011, 3:21 pm

    I notice you wear knee sleeves when you run. One of knees bothers me alot and have had to cut down in my mileage. Do they help you? My age may be a factor too. My knees are getting old :)I love running if it is only 3 miles and would hate to give it up because the legs are

  • Zoey September 15, 2011, 3:27 pm

    “The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then
    starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain

    I like to remind myself that I can exercise for one minute. Then I just repeat that one minute a bunch of times. It is much more manageable for me to think about it that way.

    Also a good laugh will help you get out the door. I just discovered this blog yesterday and it made me smile. I love this runner’s interpretation of events and her cute art work. The picture of the ice inside her racing uniform is hilarious.

    If she can run a race in humid hot Texas and with a fever, I can certainly get myself out the door and running in the lovely fall weather in my neck of the woods.

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:07 am

      omg isnt that blog AMAZING. I love it.

  • Mary September 15, 2011, 3:29 pm

    I know this is terrible, but I always tell myself, Just keep going Mare, your bathing suit will thank you! and that usually gets me through the last part or whatever tough part of my work out.

    I also HATE when people say “you’re almost there!!” at the end of a race.

    Excuse me, I’m well aware that I just passed mile 8 of my half marathon…. no. No. I am NOT almost there!!

    Just tell me to keep up the good work or something! haha!

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:07 am

      I dont think that’s terrible – if that’s what you’re motivated by, good!!! Anything to get you moving.

  • Joey September 15, 2011, 4:27 pm

    Ahh, yes!! Thank you for this post! 3 miles can be reallllly hard, especially as a new runner!

  • Dani September 15, 2011, 5:20 pm

    This is pretty bland but when I feel like stopping I think “Just keep moving your legs, as long as they are moving then you wont stop” HA average-but it works. Saying it’s only x miles definitelyyyy does not help, to me 3 miles is far. Heck 1 mile is far! But i’m learning that running is more mental than physical so I’m hoping to change my thought process : )

  • jamie @ cueyourlife September 15, 2011, 5:37 pm

    Your Pet Peeve talk got my thinking…and just then…

    Weird stuff I tell ya!

  • Melissa September 15, 2011, 5:43 pm

    woops I’m guilty of uttering it’s *only* blah blah miles. I don’t mean it to condescending or anything, it’s just that marathon training really messes with your mind! You’re so right that 3 miles is a far distance to run! And I cracked up when you pointed out that it’s the length of 9 trashy pop songs!!!!

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:06 am

      you’re right – marathon training does eff with your perception! it’s crazy to remember how i used to think a 8 miler was no big deal.

  • kristen September 15, 2011, 6:17 pm

    one of my pet peeves is people who dont close the shower curtain too haha
    When I am running, I find myself saying, just go one more mile. thats only around 9-10mins. you can run for 9 more mins.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 15, 2011, 6:57 pm

    Haha I couldn’t agree with you more! I hate it when people can just brush off 3 miles like it’s just a walk in the park. I’ve been running for almost 3 years and I still find 3 miles challenging. 😛

  • Ashley @ This Is The Place September 15, 2011, 7:19 pm

    I don’t mind the “only x miles.” As long as it’s less than 10, I think I can talk myself into it. Usually, I convince myself to run for 15min. If I hate it after 15min I can turn around. Well, that’s 30min. Better than nothing!

    I usually think about it in terms of time, not distance. 30min is your average sitcom. That’s nothing!

  • chandra September 15, 2011, 8:11 pm

    I don’t know that I hate that phrase as a pep-talk, but I do hate it when it’s used to discount someone’s workout. Since so many people know I’m training for a marathon, when we talk about running they’ll be like, “Oh well I only did 3/4/whatever miles.” And I always try to say – “It doesn’t matter!! 3 miles is more than MANY people will EVER do.” 3 miles is not a small feat, any number of miles is an accomplishment in my mind.

  • Anna September 15, 2011, 8:18 pm

    So important to hear your thoughts on those ‘3 miles’ you did, because they are huge! I remember the days when I could barely run 1, much less 2 or 3. These days in my training 3 miles is a light day BUT its still a run and can be a hard run none the less! Way to go girl!

  • Lauren @ therawcure September 15, 2011, 10:59 pm

    Ugh. “It’s only X much farther” or “X miles” does NOT work for me. Especially since I’ve only ever run 5 something miles, ever (at once). I usually try to think about something else or tell myself how strong I am. I’ve tried mean tactics (“you’re fat, you need to run farther”, but seriously, they don’t work as good as a more Operation Beautiful method, anyway).

    When in doubt: turn up some Lady Gaga.

  • Eliza September 16, 2011, 2:48 am

    The hardest part of running is getting organised to go on a run/ getting dressed and out the door..
    The ‘it’s only’ pep talk is irritating..

    I know I may be in the minority here, but I dislike being told ‘everything happens for a reason’ and always debate it!

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:05 am

      I hate that too! I’ve written about that before. SO annoying.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 16, 2011, 2:49 am

    The ‘it’s only X miles’ annoys me too – yet I tell myself that all the time – Why an’t I run just 3 miles?!
    Some beautiful Autumn photos there 🙂

  • Jonathan | World of Diets September 16, 2011, 8:18 am

    I just like saying to myself that I’m not that old… yet. This usually gets me going. I’m trying to beat that 25 year old master-runner I’m not likely to ever be again (-:

  • Charise September 16, 2011, 8:23 am

    I tell myself to just get there (outside or the gym), and that if after x # of minutes I am still not feeling it, I can leave. Anything is better than nothing, is my mantra on sluggish/sleepy days, and that way I’m not making myself dread my workouts.

  • Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly September 16, 2011, 8:56 am

    I try to think about how I feel after my run or workout….which is always amazing and I never regret it! That feeling helps motivate me to get started!

    • CaitlinHTP September 16, 2011, 10:04 am

      Yes! I agree 100%

  • Rachel September 16, 2011, 12:12 pm

    I have been Panda Puffs for a couple months and I love it!
    This week, I found Panda Puffs on “clearance” at my local Kroger for $1. $1!!! So I picked up the one box they had left along with a couple gluten free varieties I’ve never tried. We I got to the register the Panda Puffs rang up full price. When I brought it to the person at the register, she was like “You’re right, I remember seeing that” and gave me the Panda Puffs free becasue they rang up wrong. Score! I feel like I hit the jackpot!

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs September 16, 2011, 7:02 pm

    It’s only x miles is really unmotivating, coming from myself and from other people. In fact I detest when other people say it about their plans to me, because then for some odd reason it causes for instant comparison! 🙁

  • Natalie September 17, 2011, 2:14 pm

    “the x mles” comment doesn’t work for me. My marathon mantra is “a little longer, a little stronger”- you can use this with any run no matter what the mileage, because you will always be a little stronger with whatever mileage you complete.

  • AmandaonMaui September 18, 2011, 6:50 pm

    I find it really rude when other runners downplay the amount someone has run or walked. Any activity is beautiful and good to me. Some people are just starting too (like me) and so even 3 miles is amazing. Caring for your body, mind, and spirit are what’s important.

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