I am fast approaching my 2 year anniversary of when I started running. Along with that comes almost 1000 miles logged on these legs and feet! I never thought I would hit the point of dreading my runs, but recently, I can't wait for them to be over! :(
They say it takes 3 weeks to make a habit and 3 days to break one. I believe that statement and it terrifies me! After I ran my first half in Feb 2012, I came back home to the wonderful wet and cold winter of the PNW and didn't get out and run much at all. My next half after that was in June and I could feel the lack of training everywhere that afternoon. It was also my slowest solo half time at 2:15.
Personally, I know that the better weather helps so I can actually enjoy some nice long runs on the trails in my area and can enjoy the scenery. I have changed up my music so that I am excited when some new songs come on and I can feel the increase in my pace based on the beat of the songs. I also make sure that I have at least one race per month scheduled now so that I have to stay focused and training at all times.
Deep down, I know what drives me to keep running 3-4 times per week is the knowledge that I have never been healthier since I started running! I have lots of future races to look forward to; including the Peak to Peak Rock n Roll Challenge (running Portland Half in May and Seattle Half in June), my local Buckley Rails to Trails half in July, runDisney Dumbo Double Dare Challenge in August/September, Biggest Loser Half in October and the Wine & Dine Half in November. Each of those races will include lots of great conversations with great running friends and some firsts for us all. So, every day I have a workout scheduled, I get up, throw on my running shoes and hit the pavement to stay healthy and happy!
So, the question for today is: What do you to do to keep yourself motivated? Does changing up your run locations help? What about asking friends to join you on the training days? How about adding in some cross training with weights or biking? And, when the blahs are overwhelming, what drives you to still get out there and run?