Lacking Motivation?

Reading all of my favorite blogs, I have noticed that there is a bit of a motivation problem lately.

Can anyone relate?  It’s the holiday season, you’re maybe eating a few more sweets than normal, have a few more drinks than normal, and those sweat fests suddenly seem MUCH LESS appealing.   The fact that we get out of bed and get to work is a win some days, right?

Well if you struggling, know that you are not alone!!  I have been asked recently how I keep my motivation up.  One thing is I have perfected my body’s ability to handle sugar and carbs ;)…but in all seriousness, there are a few things that keep me going.



There will be a day that I can no longer RUN.  That day is not today.

I actually repeat this mantra to myself often when I am struggling during runs.  It is a reminder to me that I know my body, and know that a day will come when it doesn’t want to run anymore.  Whether that be a short term injury, or long term decision, there will likely come a day.

But that day is NOT today, so I try and take advantage.  Make sure that I don’t forget to be THANKFUL that I can still run and be active.  When I think of it this way, it makes me appreciate my work out.



I know I will feel better after my run.

This is also a big one for me.  First, I think it’s important to make a distinction.  Is your body telling you that you need a break or are injured?  Or are you just lacking motivation?

When I am just feeling complainy and not wanting to run, I remind myself of how much better I will feel right after I finish.  Running is my happy pill.  Seriously.  It melts the stress away, and it allows me to feel like I have control when everything else around me is crazy.

When I remind myself that I will likely feel WORSE if I don’t get my run on, then normally I find it in me to lace up my shoes.




I know not everyone can do this.  A tip of my hat to those moms who also work AND find time to run.  Don’t know how you do it.

I MAKE TIME for my running right now.  While I can.  My schedule allows it (for the most part), and so I like to tell myself that time is no excuse.  I can find 45 minutes in each day to work out.  Whether it’s waking up an hour earlier than I would like, or doing it first thing after work, or while dinner cooks…I find time.

Is it always easy?  No.  And it would be a lot more challenging if I didn’t have a supportive husband and partner who understands just how important it is to me to fit in a run (In reality he has probably just seen me crabby from skipping a run one too many times and is HAPPY to push me out the door ;).

Those are honestly the three BIG things for me folks.  I know it’s different for everyone, but it’s how I maintain some sanity during this crazy time of year!


I Need Coffee. . . And Cookies

Happy Tuesday Morning!  Only 8 more days until Christmas, is this oddly hitting anyone else at all?

I started my morning off very reluctantly with a quick 4 miler. 

Workout of the Day: 4 miles AM

  • Nothing special about this run.  Slow and steady for the most part. . . 37ish  minutes?

I have been seriously sluggish all morning . . . and while I hate to admit it I think I MAY know the culprit.



Totally worth it.  Most definitely TOTALLY worth it.  There were a bunch of Christmas cookies at work yesterday so I brought some home for Zach and I to split last night.  ‘Tis the season, right?  I believe they were all homemade except for the iced sprinkle one, which ironically enough was my least favorite.

I am not drinking a ton of water and coffee, and assuming that it lifts this little fog my brain is in.

That’s all I got this morning 🙂  Have a great one everyone!

Question of the morning:  Have you had any Christmas cookies yet?  What’s your favorite?