I’m curious to know, what’s your motivation to run/swim/bike/workout? As much as I love running, there are definitely days when I wake up at 5 am and wonder why I’m waking up so early– is a run really worth it? Similarly, on the rare days that I leave a workout for after work I’m usually not exactly in the mood to run. Those days, the only thing that gets me out the door is knowing how much better I’ll feel afterwards.
However, once I get outside and get moving I feel amazing. If it’s an AM run, I shake off my grogginess and just let myself run. If it’s a PM run, I run off any stress and frustrations that arose during the day. Sometimes I even get to see something beautiful like the sun rising over Lake Michigan.
I never regret a workout.
I thought about motivation quite a bit while running this morning and I believe there are three things that motivate me to get out of bed and run in the AM.
(1) Routine. I’ve run in the morning almost every morning for the past 6 years. At first it was tricky and there were days I slept through workouts or rescheduled them for later in the day but after quite some time I’ve realized that my workouts are best in the mornings. Now when I wake up I do the exact same thing every morning –> grab my phone, check the weather, pick out running outfit & get dressed, put on socks/shoes/Garmin, eat something (unless it’s a fasting run– more on this another time), grab iPod and key, go run. It’s easy now because it’s routine but it didn’t used to be!
(2) Grogginess. I still can’t say I’ve gotten used to waking up super early to run. There are days that all I want to do is curl up in bed and fall back asleep. Fortunately for me, my grogginess allows me to fall right back on my established routine. Honestly, it would take me too long (and it would be too mentally challenging at 5 am) for me to debate whether or not I should go run on a particular morning. It is much easier for me to just get my butt out of bed and fall into the above routine.
(3) My second alarm clock. Every morning my alarm goes off and wakes up both Sonic and me. I grab my phone and get back in bed to check the weather when all of a sudden Sonic will appear out of nowhere ready to play. The mornings that I do try to go back to sleep, Sonic will start bringing me toys, shoes, the drain (seriously), my iPod shuffle (mom it’s time to workout), or whatever else he can find. It’s honestly so cute that I can’t get mad and end up waking up anyway.
What motivates you to workout? How do you get yourself moving?
Last night I made an awesome dinner. I mixed up some tuna salad using 1 can of tuna, 1.5 T sweet and spicy honey mustard, .5 T vegenaise, and relish and then ate it with cucumbers in swiss chard leaves like lettuce wraps. I actually took a picture but when my memory card told me there was no more room this morning, I deleted all of my pictures without even thinking. Annoying! I’ll just have to make the chard wraps again sometime to have digital proof!
Anyway, I’m off to get ready for the day- I have less than 100 pages left of Gone Girl and I’m hoping to read a bit before work. Happy Tuesday!