When people find out that I have not missed a day of running in over 25 years, the next question they ask is "How do you get out there everyday?".
I guess that now I have been out there everyday for so long that I really don't think about it. So, I did sit down and think about what keeps me out there on the roads.
The first thing would have to be how running makes me feel. No matter how short or how long I run, I know that I will feel incredible when I get back in. Some mornings, it's hard to get that first foot out the door - but I know that once I'm out there, it will be great.
Another thing that goes along with how running makes me feel is the energy that I have all day long. Getting out there first thing in the morning gives me super energy all day long.
I like to eat - and that makes me head out everyday! I know that I should eat better, but I like to eat. My motto is usually "Life is short, eat what you want". Of course, I mean that within moderation, but if I want to eat pizza for lunch - I will. So, running everyday gives me the excuse to keep on eating!
Having a running schedule keeps me on the roads everyday. In January, I will plan the road races that I want to run that year and will plan a schedule accordingly. Knowing that I have that race coming up makes me put in the miles.
Along with a schedule is keeping a running journal. Write down the miles you run everyday. I also log the weather, anything that I saw along the way and other little tidbits.
Buying new running clothes sounds silly - but it works. I love to get new pretty running shorts and tops. So, then I want to get out there and run in them.
And, then, of course, there's the streak itself. I refuse to break the streak! And, that may be the main motivation. On the days that I may be sick (which truly isn't very often), knowing that I have the streak gets me out the door. But, I also believe that my running streak has kept me healthy!
Now, I'm not saying that everyone has it in them to be a streaker - but it does keep you motivated!
I love the fact that I'm able to get out there every day. I love the fact that my husband is proud that I'm a runner.
What gets you out the door?
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