When You Don't Feel Like Running

We can't be "on" every single day!

Have you had a day recently when you just dreaded the idea of running? I tend to stay as positive as possible when it comes to running - it’s something that I truly love doing, it gives me energy and life, and I know that it’s a blessing.

But even with all of that, some days are just harder to drum up the motivation to run.  With this weather, really, who’s to blame for feeling a bit more ‘blah’ when it comes to running.

I had myself one of those mornings this week. I was cold just thinking about how cold I’d be on my run.  I delayed and protested. I told myself I could go later. I could take the day off. I could just say I ran.

I really did not have the push to get me out the door.  I know that these days happen.  They usually happen when I’m sore or tired or I’ve gone a long stretch without running with someone.  The monotony and the grind takes its toll, even on the most dedicated and the most driven.

It wasn’t until I looked outside and saw the pinks, reds, and oranges in the morning’s sunrise that I told myself to suck it up and go enjoy the views of the sunrise.  It was cold. I was tired. I was by myself.  But I had the sun to watch as it rose, like it does day after day, up over the houses and trees.  I ran towards it. It gave me some strength and comfort knowing that I too was doing the same thing over, and over, and over again.  And I should be thankful that I get to spend a few minutes to myself collecting my thoughts, all while making myself a fitter, healthier, and happier human being.

Listen, there are always going to be days and reasons why you shouldn’t run and instead you should get more sleep, watch more TV, be with your kids… Whatever the reason.  Just know that you will feel better in the short term and the long term if you also take care of yourself. 

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Marc is a middle school teacher and coach but also works with distance runners online. I help distance runners around the globe by providing support, writing customized training plans, and designing workouts to help them reach their racing goals. I write for my blog every Wednesday morning and newsletter every Friday morning.