When I first started running one of the most demoralising things was quite frankly, not being able to run! I as I huffed and puffed my out of shape body the 200m to the end of my street, I battled with my head that was telling me to sit back down on the couch and eat another chocolate bar.
It was a bizarre negotiation of
"one more step"
"No, chocolate is back thataway!"
"One more step!"
"we're getting further away from the chocoooocccccoooolattteee!"
"Look at us go, we are running!!!"
Until eventually, something clicked in my head and I actually started to love running. On the days where I felt like I couldn't lace up my trainers I employed a few strategies to remind me why I started, why I love to run, and why I'm still in love with running.
If I was having a blah day, I could sit and read through the motivational pins that I had collated. Stuff that inspired me, stuff that motivated me, and stuff that sometimes kicked me hard in the butt. A few little posts in, and I more often than not felt inspired to lace up my trainers and hit the road.
2 - I enrolled my husband in my goals
My husband is incredibly supportive of my running (and exercise in general) and is also incredibly good at coaching me to remember the bliss of the post workout high.
"You'll feel better soon"
"Just get going"
and other encouraging phrases have been uttered on my most blah of days. By the time I get back, hubby gets a sweaty, stinky hug!
You don't need a hubby to encourage you though, even a virtual workout buddy can be a great encourager!
3 - I joined Facebook groups with like minded people.
For my running, I LOVE Running Mums Australia. It's a great place to be humbled and inspired.
One of them is the feature image of this post. I have post it notes and printed inspirational images posted all over the house! You can find more of my mantras here!
"remember why you started"
"Trainers laced, let's go"
"Relentlessly Forward" and others are my current favorites!
5 - I created my OWN Facebook group
Sometimes all it takes are a few mental negotiations to keep you moving forward. Othertimes you need to call in the cheerleaders.
What do you do to stay in love with your sport?