Hey everyone! I’m so happy that it’s Wednesday already! As you may have noticed from my post yesterday, running has unfortunately been pushed aside for me lately as I have been dealing with other things in my free time. It’s honestly a really frustrating thing when running is put on the back burner because, as I said yesterday, running fixes everything and we should all keep running even when we don’t feel like it! We all know how heathy and therapeutic running is so even if it’s tough to fit into our lives, if it’s something we love then we need to learn how to overcome running obstacles and just get over whatever is holding us back. I’m really terrible at this, but this week I’ve been so grateful for the way that running makes me feel that I’m definitely willing to learn how to make it easier to just get over it and go running.
Runner’s World recently posted this awesome article that highlights common running obstacles and how to avoid them. I love this article because it lists realistic running obstacles before, during, and after a run no matter what time you do your workouts. As a nighttime runner, I appreciated the advice this article gave me on how to get over the BS I give myself when I don’t want to run after work. I’ve actually been bringing my running clothes to work lately and it does help! I’m kind of whiney and persuasive when I don’t feel like running, but I can’t let myself get away with it anymore! I know that I secretly just want to smack some sense into my lazy self sometimes. So now I present the list of Kristen K.’s most common running obstacles and how I plan on talking myself out of them in the future:
1. I’m tired and my work day was stressful! (aka the #1 most common running obstacle)
Solution: Remember how much better you feel after a good run? So go out and do it! Plus, my favorite running trail is only 10 minutes from my office in rush hour traffic, but 30 minutes from my apartment. Think of the gas you’ll save if you just go do it right away. Also, all your coworkers saw you carry your duffle bag into the office and they know you’re supposed to go running at 4:00. They also saw that high calorie PSL you drank and need to burn off. There is really no excuse here.
2. It’s cold or dark outside!
Solution: Remember last winter when you saved up hundreds of dollars and bought a treadmill? And remember how you drove down to Delaware to buy it where it would be tax free and had to beg to borrow your parents’ mini van to get it back to PA since it wouldn’t fit in your car? Yeah. Go use that. You know your mom is going to ask you if you’re still using it and she knows when you’re lying.
3. Treadmill running is awful and boring!
Solution: Reality TV will distract you from how boring it is. Even if treadmill running is awful, at least you’re not a teen mom, have a kid who has a really angry dance teacher, or are engaged to Kanye West.
Confession time! What is your biggest running obstacle and how do you get over it? Any advice for making treadmill running more fun? Bonus points if you are able to name the top three TV shows that I watch while running (the clues are above!)