This past weekend I had to run the longest run of my race training…11 miles. I have to be honest with you guys, as much as I love running, and even though I’ve done this distance and further, there was just something about this run that I was dreading. It was this daunting task hanging over my head all weekend that had to get done, but mentally, it was killing me. After months of training, my motivation was tapped out. I just did not want to do it anymore. I was battling fitness burn out.
Have you ever been there with your fitness goals?
While you may not be training for a race, I think most people can relate to having a fitness challenge where they find themselves just completely worn out. Sound familiar to anybody? Maybe its just me…
But in case there is somebody out there, like me, who is some serious need for some fitness motivation, I wanted to share the few tips that I use to keep myself going.
First and foremost, I try to remind myself why I started this journey in the first place. Why the heck did I decide signing up for this race was a good idea?
Because I was so jazzed about how amazing my body was for having made a baby that I wanted to push it a step farther and run another half marathon? Oh yea…
Because running a Disney race with my best friend sounded like a great bucket list item? Yep, that too.
And because I wanted to really attack that post baby weight? Alright already, I get it!
Sometimes we just need to take a step back from ourselves and really reflect on what got us excited about this challenge in the first place. What was your end goal? When you’re knee deep in achieving it is when you need to cling to that goal the most.
Another trick I like to try is adding something new to my routine: new workout gear, a new playlist, or a new route/routine. It could be anything or all of the above. But do something that gets you excited. I don’t know what it is about buying a new workout top, but I instantly get pumped up when I put it on. Same thing with a new playlist. Sometimes we just need to spice up our everyday routine to renew our motivation. Figure out what it is that gets you excited for your workout and add it immediately! You’ll be surprised by the difference it can make.
Then when those don’t totally do the trick, I pull out my secret weapon. I look to others going after their fitness goals. I’m not even kidding. I will pull up motivational quotes on Pinterest (make sure to follow me if you need to find a few), I will search my race running friends on social media, and I will research running sites and videos to be inspired (Maybe check out some inspiration here, or even here!). And as silly as this may sound, it almost ALWAYS works! There is something about seeing others achieve the goals that I’m trying to achieve that remind me that if they can do it, then why can’t I?
And really that’s the biggest lie our beaten down motivation is trying to sell us: you can’t do this…
But you absolutely can!
I think one of the hardest parts about fitness challenges is that they are mentally tough. They’re hard, they’re uncomfortable, they truly test our limits. But that’s where change happens, where goals are achieved. We just have to decide if we’re going to let the head games beat us or if we’re going to fight for what we want.
I tell you what, that run for me was tough. It pushed me. But I pushed back.
And I did it. Crushed it even. And it was the sweetest run of my training.
“It is a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable.” – Socrates
So my hope today is that if you are struggling with your fitness goals that you maybe found a little inspiration here, or at least an idea of where to get some. Don’t let your burn out deter you, find a way to steal your motivation back and keep going!
I’m right here cheering you on!