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Sometimes we lose our running groove.  It happens.  It seems like the mere act of going out for a run is much like herding cats; no matter what effort is applied one ends up frustrated and scratched up.  For me the dark days of winter is when my groove surfaces.  A planned run can quickly get squashed due to pouring rains or high winds.  It’s easier to stay indoors.  It’s easier to stay in one’s comfort zone.

What to do?

The real problem is just getting out the door and running.  When I use to coach professionally, my guideline was that my runners had to run for at least ten minutes.  If after ten minutes they were still not wanting to run they could stop.   Most everyone finished their planned run.

Here are some tricks you might like to try:

  • Run for ten minutes, then make the decision to stop.
  • Make an appointment with a running buddy to go run.  That level of commitment usually works.
  • Start a running streak.
  • Have a motivational saying, quote or picture that you reflect on when you would rather stay on the couch.  (See example below).
  • Pay a fine for every run you bag out on.  This fine can go to a friend, spouse, non-profit, etc..
  • Journal why you run or why you are not running.  Use this writing as a wake-up call.

Whatever it is you do, get out the door and stop herding cats!

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