Friday Five: 5 Tips for When You’re in a Running or Fitness Rut
Winter is coming…a time when many folks seem to ‘fall off the fitness wagon’ and or lose all motivation. But, there are also things like injury, healthy crisis, family issues and other life factors that can cause us to lose sight of what our bodies desperately need to function at an optimal level. So I’ve put together a few quick tips to help us all get through it together!
ONE: Register for an event. Nothing quite gets your rear in gear when you’ve got a deadline looming. I find that I do best with goals, plans, and deadlines. Without a race on the horizon, I feel kind of lost. So Although I’m not “racing” while pregnant I am planning out 2018 already! I registered for two events. The Oskar Blues 4-miler in March and the Nashville Marathon late April. Also, having a huge goal months ahead can help keep you motivated to do all those ‘small’ things to stay healthy. Like strength and stability training, running, eating clean(ish) and hydrating well on a daily basis. If injured, do what you can today so that you’ll be that much stronger tomorrow. Currently, can’t run? Can you strength train? Can you focus on hip and core stability? Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from pushing onward in what you CAN do.
Fun races coming up you may want to consider if you’re local:
November 23rd 8:30 am Hendersonville, NC Turkey Trot 5k Register HERE
December 2rd 9:00 am Brevard, NC Center for Women’s Reindeer Run 5k Register HERE
January 1st 10:00 am Asheville, NC Resolution Run 5k or 10-miler Register HERE
TWO: Invest in new equipment, motivational book, movie or a pair of running shoes. Nothing gets me out the door like a brand new pair of Altra running shoes. 😉 While you can’t go dropping cash every time you feel unmotivated this can do the trick if you’ve been in a rut for quite some time. Maybe even a new dumbbell weight to challenge your strength training? Wait…what?! You don’t strength train? sigh Contact me soon. We need to chat. Or check out my Workout Wednesday for some inspiration!
Or check out some running-related movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. Like this one, Fast Women 26.2, I blogged about earlier this week.
THREE: Call a friend. Feeling low? Set a running or fitness date with a pal. Usually a solo runner? I get it. I love my ‘me time’. But, sometimes you just have to get out there with friends! It will lift your spirits, pass the time and maybe reignite your love for the run.
FOUR: Chase new routes, dreams or goals. If you’ve always trained for 5ks shoot for a 10k or visa-versa. If you’ve always been a runner try out a cycling class…just try something new and commit to sticking to it for a few weeks. Run a new route. Find new trails. Go out of your way to run in a new city if you are able. Shake it up! Start a blog to document your journey. Blogging has kept me in marathon training believe it or not more than once.
FIVE: Get back to the roots. Why did you even start in the first place? If you take nothing from this post today take this one with you. When I talk with clients this is the first place I like to visit. Why are you even here? Why do you want so badly to achieve x, y, and/or z? What’s your true motivation? I can promise you, it’s not to ‘look good’ or fit into a size 2, or to have abs of steel. At the end of the day, most women simply want to love who they are and way too often we beat ourselves up daily for our shortcomings. Running, strength training and other physical activities have a way of connecting our bodies to our emotions bringing out the confidence we desperately need. God designed our bodies to move (1 Timothy 4:8 Physical training is of some value! While it’s not everything it is important.)!
My why came from a broken upbringing and rocky young teens/20s years. In my eyes , was a total failure (divorced, a single mom who barely could hold anything together, a college dropout, working a dead-end job). Until I crossed that finish line back 2011, I never realized what potential was inside me…
Running my first 5k, Reindeer Run for the Brevard Center for Women:
Fast forward to 2017 I am now married with a sweet baby on the way, a Boston Qualifier x 3, the occasional age-group/overall female race champ, and a personal trainer helping women change their lives. Becoming beautifully fit inside and out.
YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE. Remember this and motivation will always come find you again…go back to your roots.
Write down your “why”. Commit it to memory. Live it out daily one small step at a time.
Have you ever fallen into a deep unmotivated funk?
How do you pull yourself out of a funk?
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The words “I am” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you. – A. L. Kitselman
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