By Tedi Palmer of Running With Infertility.
I started running in 2012 as a way to cope with the roller coaster of infertility. After battling infertility for over 7 years and after running the most amazing race, The Dopey Challenge, in 2016, I took a break from running. Now that we’re pregnant with our miracle baby, my desire to run has decreased even more. It tears me apart because I love running, but, my focus has been on making sure I have a good, healthy and safe pregnancy. However, that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped being active. I’m just not running like I used to. Once our little man makes his appearance, I’m ready to get back on the running train.
With the lack of running over the past few months, I don’t have very much motivation. I’m sure it has something to do with being 8 months pregnant. But, when I have needed a little boost of motivation here are my go to ideas:
1. Reading through exercise quotes. You can print them off or save them to put on your phone screen, so every time you turn on your phone you are being reminded at how awesome you are.
2. Scheduling workouts. Knowing what workouts you want to do during the week can help you get stay excited about what routine is coming up next, and help avoid the rut of the same ol’ workout.
3. Preparing mentally for the next days workout. Exercise can be a mental game. You can win that game by laying out clothes for the next morning or remind yourself that after a long run, you get to reward yourself.
4. Signing up for a race. Signing up for a shorter race can help you stay motivated for those longer races (half marathon, marathon, ultra) you have planned later down the road. Plus, shorter races are easier to plan for than longer races, where you have to come up with a training plan.
5. Find someone to hold you accountable. Having a running buddy, or telling a friend what your plans are for the week, can help you stay on track because you don’t want to let them down (or they just plain won’t take any excuses from you).
6. Buying new running swag. Looking good while working out can help guide you back to the gym or getting out for a run on your favorite trail. Plus, who doesn’t like new workout gear?
7. Take a break from running. I’m not saying to stop completely, but having 1-2 weeks off can help clear the mind and be able to get back on the motivation train.
8. Talk to others about your fitness journey. Explaining to people how last year you couldn’t even run a mile, but now you’re able to run 6-7 miles without stopping can be a great motivational reminder of where you’ve been.
9. Look up training plans or fun running workouts on Pinterest/Instagram/The web. Seeing others doing their workouts can give you that extra push to get out there.
10. Remember your WHY. What was the reason you started running? The reasons you started running can remind you of your passion for running.
Now, I know you don’t always feel motivated to run, and that’s okay. I have to remind myself all the time that as long as we don’t give up completely, and know that our lack of motivation is only temporary, we can do hard things!