Remember we talked about overcoming procrastination?  Here’s my strategy for running.

1. Have a plan.

  • Instead of devising some complex training schedule, I started with the Couch to 5K program. My old self would have laughed, but my post-baby-self needs some grace.  I even downloaded an app so that it is completely foolproof.

2. Make it easy:

  • Get out of bed: I put out my running clothes at night, have the dog’s leash by the door, and put one foot in front of the other without thinking to much about it. (Jeff Galloway talks about this in his book: Marathon-You can Do It)  Love that book.
  • I have access to a gym in the basement of my office, and if I do not make it out to run before work, I run at lunch time.

3. Seek help and inspiration:

  • I moved the Galloway book to my bedside table, and looked through some of my old running logs.  I also found my marathon medals, and a future creative project will find a way to display these.

4. Re-evaluate.

  • Log my runs on a calendar (no need for a complicated journal right now) and write a note on how I felt.

5. Grace

  • I chose a less challenging plan, so I am physically capable of doing this and scoring some early successes.
  • I’m giving myself some outs – I only run 3 days a week, if I don’t make it in the morning there is always lunch-time on the treadmill.

So how have I done so far?  I completed the first week of C25K without any problems, and somewhere during my third run, I had small glimpses, like noticing something out of the corner of my eye, of the reasons I used to love running.  The rhythmic foot strikes that accompanies daydreams, the powerful feeling of seeing the ground vanish under my feet… and then the fleeting glimpse was replaced by more wheezing and too-small lungs.

But that small glimpse?  It was enough to keep me going, and anticipate the day that lungs will once again be big enough, and legs strong enough, to let me daydream as long as I want.

How do you motivate yourself?