Hope your week is going great! I’ve been booking along in my training during week 2 here in snowy Des Moines. With the weather being so nasty and no end of it in sight it is really hard to stay motivated and get out there day after day.
We all do it — play little games in our heads to talk us into going to the gym or getting out on the trail. Different ways work for different people. What works for you in the fall may not get you out there in the winter. I have come to find it is very circumstantial. In my short running career of 3 years I have compiled a list of ways I have found to hold myself accountable to lace up my shoes and run – but a lot of these could also be used for many things in life.
1. Sign up for a race – This is probably this biggest motivator for me to keep going. I know I have something that I am working toward. I hate not meeting my goal and disappointing myself and a race in the near future holds me accountable.
2. Run with friends or join a group – I LOVE my running buddies! While knowing you have someone waiting for you to go running is a great way to hold yourself and your friend accountable, it is sometimes hard to coordinate. For instance, right now none of my running buddies are training for anything so it has been hard to get anyone out in the freezing cold with me, but I guarantee when the warmer weather creeps back to the Midwest I will have all my running buddies back again!
3. Make a plan – Whether you are signed up for a race or not, you also have to have some sort of plan. Make a goal of running 10 miles/week or cross train at least 2 times/week. Just like in life, you have to have some sort of road map to reach your end goal.
4. Track your progress – This can be done in many ways. For example, track my progress for my first marathon – I started this blog. 🙂 I knew my friends and family would be reading so I had to keep up. But you don’t have to do anything that intense. Start small by entering your workouts in myfitnesspal or any other fitness app that works for you.
5. Bribe yourself with something – If I really really really cannot get motivated to do something, make a deal with yourself. I do this a lot when I don’t feel like running. “Ok, if you run at least 3 miles you can have a glass of wine tonight.”
6. If all else fails, have your dog hold you accountable – These are for the days when I REALLY don’t feel like running. I take a look at my puppies, Kiwi and Opal, with all of their pent up energy and know that they need more than a walk around the block. Especially during the winter when the ice is too much to take them to the dog park to run and they have cabin fever from sitting inside. They will never bail on you or complain. This has been my choice of a running partner the last week or so. I have switched which pup to take with me so they don’t get jealous of one another. 🙂
What else do you do to hold yourself accountable?