Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How to lace up your sneakers.

If you clicked on this link thinking you'd find a tutorial on how to teach your children (or students) to tie their shoes... um... Sorry. This isn't the blog.  I did  teach a lesson on tying shoes during my undergraduate days BUT that was another life (maybe i'll dig up that lesson plan and blog about that if my life gets boring!) anyways!  Today, i'd like to share with you a couple of my tips for lacing up my sneakers and heading out the door. Ooookay, if you are following my #weeklychase  you might be asking why I'm blogging about running and not actually - you know - RUNNING!

Truth is, this is a topic I've been thinking about for quite a while.

Alright, raise your hand if you've ever struggled with motivation. That little tiny desire to actually put ON your  running shoes and head out the door.

We've all seen this pin.

... and this one. 


So, why do we struggle with motivation? 

I don't know.

That's right ... you read all the way down to this point for me to tell you that I have no clue!  It's true, I don't know what motivates you to run, but here are some tips that have helped me regain the strength to tie my shoelaces and walk out the door. 

Tip 1: Allow myself time to rest. 

Yep. If I know myself, I know that if I feel pressured or like I "HAVE" to do something, I begin stressing out about it (maybe even obsessing a little?). So, I allow myself time to rest.  However, do NOT allow this "time of rest" to become a month of rest! (ahem ... might be a little guilty!!)

Tip 2: Re-read comments, blogs, letters, and other encouraging communication.

This has been a HUGE motivator for me. The day my husband and I got home from the Disney Princess half, we found letters from my whole family in the mail box. My family sent hand-made cards COVERED (like COVERED) in Disney stickers. Inside the card they had written encouraging notes to us. I treasure those letters because they remind me that even though my family may think this running thing is a little crazy, at least I know they are supportive (and love me!)

Seriously, when you are in a funk with running. Remember, you have so many cheerleaders and it's important to give them something to cheer for!!

Source: tumblr.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Tip 3: Remember when... 

All runners will tell you that running can be mentally challenging. Sometimes to get out of the running funk, we need to think about where we are and where we have been. My first "run" was ...over 18 minutes. Yeah, I. was. SLOW! Who cares if I was slow, I was out there! Sometimes when I have a bad run, or just feel like giving up on this whole running lifestyle I remind myself of what running has done for me.

Running has given me so many opportunities and I am always grateful for the way it changed my life. The other day someone told me they went running because I inspired them too... Well, to be honest. You inspire ME!!

So the next time you lack the strength to lace up your sneakers, or the ability to leave the comforts of your home for a run. Pause for a moment and think. ...

 Have I allowed myself to rest? 

Do I really have all of those people cheering me on? 

Remember how far I've come. ... 

If you make it through those mental exercises, I know you will find the courage to get out there and run. If not, maybe you really do need to take a little break from running and rest.

These are just a couple of exercises I do to help motivate me to get out the door and run. I am just a girl trying to figure out how to balance life, love and running one day at a time.

Have tips or a post on motivation, share it below!

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