Motivational tip: changing your parameters

Lately I've been struggling with my runs.

running motivation

I'm having trouble getting myself out the door. And running feels like yet another chore. Something I have to get done. But it's no fun at all. And quite frankly my dear, I don't feel like it. If it wasn't for knowing skipping a run will make me feel worse, I'ld stay home.

New playlist


One of the things that normally helps me stay motivated is renewing my playlist. Getting some new songs on my smarthpone to listen to.

But this morning I still hadn't done that, and I felt tired and drained. I knew I had to run 5 miles. But dreaded the distance. It seemed so far. And like such an effort.

Thinking in time instead of distance


Then I had an idea. I decided to think of it in a different way. Instead of having to run for 5 miles, I'ld think about running for about an hour. Because yes, that's how 'fast' I am. An hour of my time sounded way more do-able than 5 miles.
And it really helped me. Every time I started to think: 'This is soooo far,' I told myself: 'What's another 40 minutes!'


Summing up


This discovery has surprised me. But for me, it really helps to use another parameter when it comes to running.

What gets you through the tough times?

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2 comments:

  1. Hi Mom, I've been training for a half this winter, and because it has been so snowy, I've been taking my training plan and converting my planned run into the number of minutes it *should* take me, and just running that long. My runs through the snow have been at least 15% slower and probably 20% harder so I believe I'm actually getting more exercise with less miles. Going for time has been a great modification for the winter running season. Nice to hear someone else backs up my 'theory".

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  2. This is a great post as while I am not a runner, I can see where I could adapt this to different aspects of my own life. For example, tasks that I have to do at work or cleaning at home. Thanks for the helpful information!

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