There is a feeling of accomplishment after finishing a run.
And if you can focus on that feeling and harness it, you can use it as motivation the next time you’re stuck on the couch.
I had that stuck feeling this morning. Yesterday, I wrote about how I had been on vacation and was restarting training today. But when this morning came around, I had trouble getting out the door.
But I followed my own advice and forced myself to go. I didn’t focus on pace or distance or duration. I just wanted to notch a run for the day. There will be future days where I focus on the quality. Today was just about getting started again.
I ran/walked for 30 minutes. With more walking than running, I only logged 1.8 miles. But it was something. And it was better than sitting on the couch not doing anything.
And it gives me that feeling of accomplishment that I can draw on for motivation for my next run.
Even though I didn’t run far or fast or for very long, tomorrow will be a “recovery” day. I plan to ride my bike which also hasn’t seen much action recently.