Even though my life revolves around running and training for races, sometimes it can seem like a chore.
On those days, I don’t want to run.
I’d rather go home and sit and watch Netflix. Forever.
When this happens, I go through every single running trick in the book.
I find someone to run with me.
I download a very intriguing episode of This American Life and listen to it while on the run.
I try to shame myself by telling myself “all the food” I ate earlier that day, that week, to guilt myself into running.
I run a route I have never run before.
I run without keeping track of my pace.
But, if none of the above works, I tell myself this:
I am training for a marathon. I am training for a marathon that I am going to PR. Go out the door and run!
This little scenario occurred the other day. Running felt like a chore because I turned it into one. I knew I had to deposit checks, buy a new car headlight and some groceries so I mapped out a route that would have me go by my credit union, the auto supply shop and a grocery store. It was six miles of true productivity.
Running can be a chore, but at least when done right it actually helps you eliminate a few tasks off your to-do list!
Who knew running errands could be considered marathon training, right?
If running is going to be a chore anyway, just commit to it and make it a good one.