Motivation Tip: When you really don't feel like running take a deep breath and say, "Okay, I'll run today, but then I'll take tomorrow off."
It might be a little bit of a lie, you might have to tell yourself the same thing the next day. But I know half the battle for me getting out the door. Additionally, there are visualization exercises to help you get out the door, this is especially good for me as when it is raining out I instantly want to hit the treadmill. An entire chapter is dedicated to running inspired, its not the longest chapter but everything is stated in a way that makes you shake your head in agreement. I wish I could copy and past the entire chapter for all to read. The last line in the chapter pretty much wraps it up:
And once you become inspired, only you can set the limits of what you'll accomplish.The reminder that I need to not compare myself to others and be proud of what I can accomplish while giving it my all. Learn to be proud with my runs and inspired to improve and move forward.
I mentioned it before, but this book came at a perfect time. I plan spend the spring and summer preparing mentally for my fall training schedule. I know I won't be starting off fast, but I plan to use many of the motivation tips in this book, as well as, the visualization exercises to get me across the finish line on December 1.
I would recommend this book to new runners or anyone who is looking to rededicate themselves to running. It has great tips to get out the door and run, while covering all of the basics not to injury yourself.
Have you read any good running books lately?
*disclaimer - this book was provided to me for free for review, however the opinions expressed are mine.