Friday, April 5, 2013

Easy Running

Core & Abs.
5 miles, easy pace.

This morning the weather was so perfect, I wanted to eat it. But if I did that then all of you would not be able to enjoy it and I decided that would be selfish, so I ate normal food instead. But seriously- spring is wonderful. I'm not even mad that it took 3 extra weeks to get here this year, I'm just glad it's finally here!!

My run today almost didn't happen. I didn't sleep well last night and getting up to run before work just sounded like torture, even in the perfect weather. I skipped a pre-work run, and the plan became to run after work.
I don't know if it was my speed work yesterday, but my hamstrings are sore today.
Unbelievably sore.....
I love running, but some days I just don't feel like it, motivation is nowhere to be found and it just sounds like work. When I realized I was loosing the battle in my mind, I lied to myself and told myself to "just put on my shoes and go out for a walk, just a mile or so." Once I got out in the sun and started stretching, I knew there was no way I could settle for a walk on such a perfect day for running! Success! Sometimes we have to play tricks on our minds to get cooperation!! :)   

My run looked kind of like a fairy-tale; green fields, BIG red barn, perfect gravel road.
Until I climbed this hill and spent the next 1.5 miles sliding around on the freshly graded gravel. Running on fresh gravel is about as fun as putting tights on an un-shaved leg. Just not my cup-of-tea.  
I got in 5 miles at a slow, easy pace. I took it easy because my legs were sore and heavy the whole time. 5 slow miles is better than no miles! And thankfully endorphins don't discriminate- they show up after 5 minute miles AND 20 minutes miles!
After I was done I did some extra stretching- definitely helped loosen me up!!

What do you do to make yourself run when you are feeling unmotivated?


  1. That road looks perfect!! I'm LOVING these warmer days! Way to get with the program, Nebraska!! =)

  2. That picture is gorgeous! I bribe myself with my favorite t.v. shows while I am on the treadmill. Hopefully your hamstrings are feeling better!

  3. Love this post. I find that I have a hard time motivating myself to run or jog, especially if I'm sore but once I get out there I feel great and forgot that I didn't want to do it.

    Thank you for the comment!! I'm just getting to replying and following back!! Have a lovely week!

    Jean {What Jean Likes}

  4. You are so funny! I needed to laugh tonite. :)
    I totally know what you mean about playing tricks on our mind to get cooperation! I've definitely had days where I just haven't felt like running. Sometimes I force myself to do it, and I'm always glad I did. And every once in awhile I give in and don't do it. Awesome job on doing 5 miles anyway!!

  5. I totally agree, sometimes you just have to trick your mind in order to muster up the motivation to get out there and run! I put my workout clothes next to my bed each night, with my bag and water bottle all packed to go too, so I have no excuse not to get up...9 times out of 10, it works!