You know those times when you would rather sit on the couch than go exercise? How do you find motivation to exercise when you just don’t feel like getting off your tuckish? I ask myself this question every now and then (like earlier today), and I have the feeling I am not the only one….
There is an unlimited number of things you can do to motivate yourself and I would like to share my top motivational tips which I have found very helpful!
1. How I feel after a workout: No matter really what the workout incorporated, I always feel good afterwards (even if it was a crappy/slow run). I tell myself each time, “Think how good you will feel Katie”!
2. Personal Time: Workout time is me time. Time for reflection, time to push myself, and time to just be. It is important to make me time each and everyday.
3. Adrenaline Rush: The “high” afterwards is a rush and its awesome!
4. Blogs: I love reading other healthy living blogs and using some of their workout tips and ideas. It is fun to share with them that you did their workout or tweet #plankaday with the healthy living blog community.
5. A trail race: Having a race it probably one of the best motivators because you know you have an event that you want to do well at in a few weeks.
6. It’s Fun! Nuff said working out is a lot of fun!
7. BRAVO TV: There is always an episode to catch up on while running on the treadmill :)
What are your motivations?
I am so excited to say I did it! After riding up and down along the Potomac in a car and always wanting to run along the path which is available, I finally did! On Sunday, I ran from my place to Old Town, Virginia about 9 miles (really 8.2, but I took a wrong turn) and then got to run another 2 miles with Brooke from Running Brooke! The run to Old Town was great, I kept a nice pace and enjoyed all the scenery and the calmness of the morning. Then when I got to Old Town and met up with Brooke I was ready to keep on going and ask her as many questions as I could! I wanted to know all about her training and what her thoughts were on her upcoming race in Antarctica! Talk about a motivating run and the most perfect run before my race coming up on Sunday.
This morning I decided not to go too hard on my run since I put in around 12 miles yesterday and focused more on weights and walking up hills. Just felt right and I liked it a lot. I took workouts from Fitnessita and combined them will hill inclines on the treadmill. Thanks Fitnessita!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Monday : )
Where to begin!?!
First, I need to give a shout out to Z-burger. Before, Friday night “late night” I had never dined at Z-burger; so thank you to late night adventures! While I was browsing the menu up on the wall, there it was, a veggie burger. I ordered my veggie burger with mustard, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, relish, mushrooms, and banana peppers (the works). The moment I opened the silver wrapper and saw this massive bean patty, I knew this was going to be good. Maybe it was the hour or the amount of drinks I had before, but Z-Burger’s veggie burger was out of the ball park amazing. Super messy and super tasty, 5 stars all the way around!
Second, I need to give a shout out to Surfside and their tacos. I am a huge fan of Mexican food and ever since I got to DC I haven’t really found a Mexican restaurant that blew me out of the water. Well, let me tell you, Surfside’s Negril tacos were amazing! The Negril tacos were two blackened tilapia tacos in corn tortillas with spicy cabbage, guacamole and chili ranch dressing. Once again, super messy and super sabroso, 5 stars to Surfside for their tacos!
Third, I got in two solid long interval workouts; a new 10K plan thanks to Carrot’s N’ Cake and my regular 3min on/off plan. The 10K plan was tough, but I loved it! I think watching the Patriot while completing the workout as well as listening to my music really helped push me. On Sunday, I ran my regular 3min on/off and felt great, which was kind of shocking because I was feeling pretty tired. It is incredible what the body can do even when its feeling tired.
Fourth is to come!