Monday, March 19, 2012

Some Q&A About Motivation

Last week I only fit in that one run, despite best intentions. I'm pleased, though, because even making an effort to get a run in shows huge strides.

Short run tonight with K. Easy breezy. Spring Break is over and today wiped my energy, but I knew if I didn't go I'd regret it. Less than a mile is better than none!

Here are a couple questions I've gotten regarding motivation (which maybe shows that my resolution to be a more consistent runner is working!):

Question from KS:
"what kind of music do you listen to on your runs?

ive been lacking serious motivation lately. :( i was sick & now i cant seem to get back into it!"

I have such a wide and crazy selection of music. When running alone, I really prefer "angry" music. My favorites are "Closer to the Edge" by 30 Seconds to Mars and "The Way I Am" by Eminem. (Hilarious, right?)

I also like certain Florence & The Machine songs for running, as well as The Bravery ("Hatef*ck" is my power song), Lit, 3Oh!3, Chevelle, some of the newer Matchbox Twenty ("How Far We've Come" is a good one), and Mary J. Blige (particularly "Work That").

Here are some links to good playlists, too:

Fitness Magazine

Question from KT:
"i have been so unmotivated this past week... ran 3 miles last tuesday and just under 1 mile on saturday... been trying to run 3-4 days a week but have been in a massive rut these past 6 days... any tips on motivation?"

When I'm in a rut, I try to change my route. If you're running the same path, you can get really bored and it makes it hard to get motivated. Set yourself a low goal, like 3 miles, and map out a nice 1.5 mile loop to run twice this week. You should have a couple different paths to run of all different lengths so you can mix it up. Adding new or well-loved music to your running playlist helps. Also, finding a race to sign up for can be a great motivator.

What motivates us is very personal. Some people are motivated by the numbers of a scale, the fit of their favorite jeans, or the extra burst of energy running provides. So, readers, let's hear it! What motivates you? Share in the comments! Or, if you have a question, feel free to ask. I'm not an expert, but I'm full of opinions, and maybe something I say will click for you!


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