Monday Motivation: A “No Matter What” Approach

I’m training for the NYC marathon.  It will be the 3rd time running this race and my 12th marathon.  So I’m no stranger to the discomfort and time consuming nature of a 16 week training plan.

But summer training? It was kicking my ass.

My training plan started July 15th and for the first 3 weeks it was pathetic.   I wasn’t focused, wasn’t motivated and wasn’t getting the miles under my belt.

Luckily, something shifted.  And that something was the realization that I was in for a world of hurt and disappointment if I didn’t start pulling myself together.

So I got out a notebook and wrote out my detailed workout plan for the week; Monday through Sunday.  I wrote out the plan for each day. Miles to run, exercises to do, etc.  Then (as I love to do) a space to check it off.

Having concrete goals and a ‘no matter what’ approach to training, for me, is very comforting.  I don’t worry about missing a run because I’m committed to my workout plan.  If I can’t run in the morning I will run later.  No matter what.

There’s power in that promise.

So while you don’t have to train for a marathon, you can commit to a plan this week.  Promise yourself that ‘no matter what’ you’ll run, walk or get to a class 3 or 4 times a week and see how you feel and how that motivates you to do it again next week.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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