wonderpug wrote: ↑Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:26 am
coopasonic wrote: ↑Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:14 am
I've been WFH since 3/11... 7 weeks... working from home should make it super easy to get a run in. I haven't run a single time in those 7 weeks.
What is motivation? Where do you find it?
Motivation doesn't work as well as routine. If you just make yourself get in 2-3 runs a week, tell yourself it's something you have to do, then after a couple weeks it just feels more automatic.
Another trick I read that works well for me is the concept of micro-routines. Instead of thinking "ok self, go for a run", just think of the easiest first step of the process. "Ok self, take my running shorts out of the closet." That's easier to gear yourself up for, and next thing you know you're putting on the shorts, putting on your running shoes, and then actually going for the run. Convince yourself to do that easy first step and the rest of the routine can fall into place.
This for the most part. If it is part of your daily routine, it is just the thing you do. But I am a very routine oriented person.
For me it is the fact if I don't run, I am grumpy - or grumpier than usual if you ask my family.
I make sure I lay out my running gear the night before (check the weather - do I need long sleeves or short?, etc.), get up with the alarm, gear up and head out the door. Just don't think about it or mull it over - if you do, you will dissuade yourself from going. The only time I don't run outside is if it is pissing rain.
I am an early morning runner - up at 5am, out the door by 5:15 or so (regularity first!), and back to stretch a bit and shower. That is *my* time for the day where I don't have to deal with anyone or anything. Noone is out that early, it is quiet and a lot cooler than mid day. Granted, I am only doing like 3-4 miles a day, except the weekend mornings when I can get in a longer run.
I really don't like running around a lot of people or in the heat, so getting going actually gears me up better for the whole day, and I feel I have greater energy and focus. Some days it is a bit tougher to get going, but when I push through that initial reluctance, I feel a lot better.
I find television very educational. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx