Mixing It Up

I don’t know about you, but it seems like every September life suddenly gets busier. Yes, it probably has something to do with school starting back up and everybody beginning to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas, but there’s something about September that always gets me moving.

This year has been especially crazy due to the fact that I just started college and I landed my first real job. In fact, it’s so crazy that sometimes it’s hard for me to find time to train. Whenever I do make it to the gym, I feel so inadequate compared to the people who run miles upon miles just to warm up. Yet somehow, I manage to get myself out the door and put one foot in front of the other. Here’s how:

Morning walks

Something about morning walks just makes me so happy. Maybe it’s all the dogs I get to pass (and usually pet), or maybe I like not being able to feel my nose, but I always feel refreshed and awake after a morning walk.

Eating a good breakfast

Making the decision to eat right first thing keeps me more active. I’m more likely to follow it up with similar choices throughout the day because I don’t want my good decision to go to waste.

Sunday runs

Weekends are the best time to get out and do something you normally wouldn’t be able to do during the week, so it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and change up your workout.

A friend

Lucky for me, my brother is the star of the cross-country team at the high school. Okay, maybe he’s not, but he is very good at getting me out the door and running. He’s also the first person I go to when I have a question about running, or when I just want to complain about it.

These four things are what get me moving. What gets you moving? As we get deeper and deeper into crazy season, I urge you to think about this. Make a list—not only of the things that get you moving but why they get you moving. Whenever you’re in a running rut or don’t think you have time to get out the door, you can look at your list and remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing.


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