Slacker’s Guide to Getting out the Door to Run

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Motivation, Slacker's Guide Series, Training
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Even a slow, short run is better than no run.

Sometimes the hardest part of running is just getting out the door. Excuses are always plentiful – whether you’re tired, hungry, it’s too sunny out, too rainy, too cloudy, your favorite show is on TV or your eye is twitching, it seems like there’s always a good enough reason to skip a workout. But if you give in to the excuses one day, before you know it you’ll be skipping workouts left and right and joining the ranks of the complaining non-runners.

Here’s how to kick your excuses to the curb and get back to running strong:

  • Keep track of your workouts. If you record each run, you’ll be more likely to stick with the program to keep your records on track. Preventing your weekly mileage totals from plunging can be more motivating than you might suspect.
  • Share on social networks. Sites like Daily Mile and Nike Plus allow you to broadcast your runs on social networks like Facebook and Twitter while also offering personalized charts and milestones to you help you stay motivated. The running sites also have their own social networks, where you can add friends and cheer people on. Knowing your friends and family are cheering for you will encourage you to keep running and updating.
  • Make a deal with yourself. Tell yourself you will just run 10 minutes and then if you still feel like you can’t run, you will turn back and come home. Getting out the door is usually the biggest obstacle, and chances are, once you get started on your run, you will stick to it (unless you have an injury, in which case you should rest).
  • Reward yourself. On days when you feel sluggish or reluctant to run, give yourself an incentive. Be creative with your rewards and think about what you enjoy. Watching a movie or your favorite show, cooking a favorite meal, buying a new pair of running shorts or going out with friends can inspire you to get your run done.
  • Run with a partner. Grab a running buddy or join a running group — which you can find on sites like Meetup.com — and you’ll be less likely to skip runs because someone will be counting on you. Running with people also makes your workouts more fun and seem like less of a chore.
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Comments
  1. Jess says:

    Great post and perfectly timed! It’s getting colder here in Australia and I have to admit, I’m one of those people who comes up with excuses to not go running. I’ll definitely have to remember these points in the future!

    • Marnie says:

      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I hope it does help on those cold days~ I know it can be hard, but then once the weather’s warm again, you will feel great after a winter of training;).

      • Alejandra says:

        I also try to go running with my mum in the mornings but it doesn’t always work as it gets colder…

      • Marnie says:

        Have you tried adding layers on cooler days? Or running later in the day on the cool days? Sounds nice to run with your mom, good luck to you both!

  2. Good Post! I used to run about 3 miles every day until I got out of the Military and then .. well… my eye started to twitch! I need to get out there again.

    • Marnie says:

      Thank you! LOL those darn eye twitches can really get in the way! Good luck getting out to run some more, hope Runstreet can help inspire you.

  3. We need to get your post out to everyone who is sitting on their couches eating McRib’s and French Fires.

    Great post.

    Blessings,

    Ava
    xox

  4. So here’s the deal: I’m not a runner, but I am a writer. And it’s amazing how almost all of these tips also apply to my writing life!

    Thank you for the inspiration … and for reminding me of the importance of some of these universal suggestions.

    • Marnie says:

      As a fellow writer, that is great to hear! I try to use these techniques for my writing too~ I think running and writing are similar in that they both require a lot of self-motivation and discipline…which is great inspiration for a future post;).

      • Marnie, I am also a runner and writer. Do you ever find that it’s tough to balance the two? I feel like when I’m doing great with one, I am slightly lacking in the other. Oh balance… why must you be so difficult?

      • Marnie says:

        I agree with you, it can be tough to balance writing and running! I teach dance as well and balancing all three can be tricky. I tend to get really into whatever I’m doing and zone out and not keep up with other areas. I have been getting into a more balanced routine lately by establishing a regular schedule for writing and running during the day, teaching dance in the evening and then writing more at night. But I often work all weekend and don’t have any set off days, I need to work on that…or I mean not work on that. Lol. Good luck to you with the balance battle!

  5. Great post. Many congratulations on being Freshly Pressed too. Taking a massive change of direction late in life, I began writing recently, and have found the pounds piling on and hence the lethargy increasing, so this has come at a perfect time for me! About a year and a half ago, when I first changed track, and with massive encouragement from my sons, I tried to apply my determination to body as well as mind, but failed miserably. The will was there, but knowing how to do it was key …… so now I will try again, applying your advice!

    Thanks for the post and lots of luck in all you do!

    BTW to the two, previous commentors – did you read Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running? I just finished it, and it dovetails perfectly (and eloquently, needless to say!) with this post.

    • Marnie says:

      Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! I hope Runstreet continues to inspire you in your fitness quest. I checked out your blog and am inspired by your travels, that is something I have always wanted to do as well~ travel the world while writing. Lots of luck to you too and keep me posted on your progress!

  6. Yasir Imran says:

    I got a lot of fats. and I planned from long time that I will go out and try some exercise. But I didn’t move out. This is a nice collection of tips for getting some motivation.

  7. This is so true ” Getting out the door is usually the biggest obstacle, and chances are, once you get started on your run, you will stick to it ” I generally tell my self if i get tired or dont want to then ill take a bus or sit wherever i am .That keeps my mind relaxed and I am able to walk for some extra miles. 🙂 I generally do not run as have knee problem but yes i do walk as much as i can.

    • Marnie says:

      That is a great strategy, thanks for sharing! Good luck with your program, it sounds like you are doing well working around your knee problems. Walking is excellent exercise, as you know, I’m sure. Cheers!

  8. Thank you for the inspiration … and for reminding me of the importance of some of these universal suggestions.

  9. Sajeevs blog says:

    Thanks for the motivating post. Its true sometimes we just feel too lethargic to move from our seat:)

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  12. AlainSG says:

    Program is worth trying. Who knows, maybe I’ll get finally out of this chair.

  13. Wendy says:

    You are a great motivator! Especially to someone on a diet and trying to exercise and had cheetos and oreo cookies yesterday!

    Wendy
    publixlovesme.com

  14. stargirlsays says:

    Running on a treadmill is boring. And so, I so so so very much to run outdoors. But you’re right, getting out of the house is the obstacle and in our area, the dogs here are notorious – so I’m scared of being chased by dogs. But hey, I still would love to run 🙂

    • Marnie says:

      Glad these tips are helpful. I agree, treadmill running can be quite tedious. Be careful with the dogs – try carrying mace, that can protect you if you are in danger of being attacked.

  15. Thanks for the tips. I’m a newbie runner and I’m following ‘a plan’ to help me get fit for a charity run in July. I do find Nike Plus really useful.

    • Marnie says:

      Charity runs are great motivation. Best of luck to you! And thanks for the input on NIke+, I like it a lot too. The tracking charts are nice as well as the sharing options.

  16. Mary the OINKteller says:

    It’s true that more than half the battle is getting out of the door. I’m not a morning person so running before the kids wake up is out of the question. It helps if I put on my running gear as soon as I get up. This way, as soon as I drop my youngest at preschool, I’m ready to go. Added incentive is that people then see me in my running gear and will invariably ask “how was your run?” at pick-up. Shame is a powerful motivator. I’m running a leg in a relay next weekend and am thinking about signing up for a half marathon in the fall. Thanks for your suggestions and congrats on being FP’d!

    • Marnie says:

      Thank you, I’m glad these tips are helpful! I like your idea of wearing your running clothes and then running early. I find that when I run at night, I often procrastinate and am more likely to make excuses. That is awesome you will be in a relay! And good luck with the half marathon, exciting! Happy running to you!

  17. vishalt says:

    nice encouraging post here !! good work !

  18. Steven B says:

    yea, running is tricky like that. but once you get out there you wonder why you were sluggin around. i like trail running myself with the 5 finger, barefoot running shoes. totally primal and powerful! Oh… and I love the picture here. Totally hot. It nice to have something to chase… 😉

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks for sharing your running techniques, I need to try the Vibrams out, I have heard so much about them. And thanks for the compliment!;)

  19. Thanks for the tips, I like your blog! I felt like a slacker this weekend, not running for the first time in a long time..

    • Marnie says:

      Thank you, glad you are enjoying the blog! I know how that can feel~ once you’re used to regular running, it makes you feel bad when you skip workouts. I’m sure you’ll be back on track this week. Happy running to you!

  20. pipheath says:

    This must work for cycling too! I will give it a go this afternoon 🙂

    • Marnie says:

      Yes, it should help for all exercises and really anything you need to do that requires some discipline! I use some of these strategies for writing too. Happy cycling to you!

  21. blessedleria says:

    This is very encouraging. I’m not a runner, I’m a walker and I’ve only recently started walking. But I see me running through the streets one of these days.

    Keep up the good advice. And thanks!

    • Marnie says:

      I’m glad this is helpful, and I’m sure you will be running in no time! My beginning running section has more tips for getting started. If you’re used to walking, I’d recommend a program that alternates running and walking segments to start. Best of luck to you!

  22. My friend and I exercise together, and for those of us who aren’t a fan of it, having a partner makes SUCH a difference. Thanks for the great tips!

    • Marnie says:

      Glad to help, and thanks for sharing! I have been training my friend, who hates running, and we have so much fun together. She said she would not do it on her own but now for the first time actually looks forward to running every day. Happy running to you!

  23. Leah W says:

    this was needed today! it’s been raining for weeks here and it’s so easy to say “I’ll go tomorrow when it’s clear…” before you know it, 2 weeks go by with only a couple runs completely.
    PS- keeping track of each run helps a ton! Always seems to motivate me if I see I’m missing too many work-outs.

    Thanks for posting!

    • Marnie says:

      Leah~ I’m glad this was helpful! I agree, once you get out of the habit of running, time can just fly by and suddenly you realize you’re not a runner anymore. Thanks for stopping by and happy running to you!

  24. Kate says:

    Love this blog. What a great reference for runners of all levels. I just ran my first 5k, yesterday, with a 36:13 finish. Will keep your site bookmarked.

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks Kate! Congrats on running your first 5K, that is great! I hope Runstreet continues to inspire you. Good luck with your running and keep me posted!

  25. imaginecreation says:

    My running buddy has saved me this past winter. I’ve ran for years but this wet, depressing winter proved difficult, in the motivation department. She shoved me out the door and I’ve shoved her out the door on way more than one occasion. First year I’ve really had a strong running buddy. . .

    Great tips!!

    • Marnie says:

      That is great you and your running buddy helped each other get through a tough winter! I know it’s hard when it’s cold and dreary out, but winter running is so helpful to build your running base and keep your fitness level up so when spring comes, you’re ready to do some speed training for races or just enjoy the nice weather while being fit and feeling great. Happy running to you both!

  26. I started running about a year ago and the hardest part was getting off the couch! So I turned the couch into my reward . . . if I run the full regular circuit I get to sit on it for half an hour and watch tv. If I reach a distance goal, I get to indulge with a piece of chocolate (just a little one!).

    • Marnie says:

      Congrats on sticking to your running program! That is a great idea to reward yourself with the couch (and a little piece of chocolate never hurt anyone;). Thanks for sharing and happy running to you!

  27. This is great advice. My wife trained for a half-marathon a few years ago with her sister and having a partner, even though she was long distance, really helped.

    • Marnie says:

      Glad this is helpful! I agree, having someone to answer to about your runs can really be motivating. And now with all the ways we can stay connected with technology, running buddies from afar can be very effective. Cheers to partner running!

  28. I use Nike + app which really helps motivate me on my runs. Great post.

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks for sharing! I used to use NIke+ too, I loved the charts and tracking system. My NIke+ sportband fell off during a race unfortunately and now I use the Dailymile with my Garmin watch. It really helps to have some way of automatically tracking your workouts, and sharing them is motivating too. Happy running to you!

  29. Running with a partner has always helped me the most!!

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks for sharing! That helps me a lot too, it is always nice to have someone to chat with, or at the very least, huff and puff together on tough runs with;).

  30. denise:) says:

    Great post, great tips! I hate when my eye is twitching 🙂
    Congrats on FP!

  31. Thanks so very much for the great tips! I just signed up for the dailymile. I hope this will make me more accountable and motivated.

    • Marnie says:

      Glad to help! I think it will, I love the Dailymile. It is nice to be able to see your weekly mileage total every time you log in, as well as track your times for each run. It motivates me to get faster and keep my mileage up. Good luck to you!

  32. aunaqui says:

    “Watching a movie or your favorite show, cooking a favorite meal, buying a new pair of running shorts or going out with friends can inspire you to get your run done.”

    INCENTIVE is definitely my motivator. Unfortunately, I usually entice myself to do good things with ice cream as the reward in mind.. a good, PG-rated movie would be a better (less purpose-defeating) motivator.

    Hubby and I play tennis.. well, at this point, played. We had disciplined ourselves to go out atleast 3 times a week after work and play tennis. Then, he got sick for afew days, we excused ourselves from the strenuous exercise, and during the three weeks that have followed, we’ve been “busy” or “tired”– it has been, as you predicted, “too hot outside” or it has “looked like it’s going to rain.”

    This post was motivating. We’ll try to get back on the court.

    Aun Aqui

  33. Great post! All advices are good to me! Thanks

  34. and I have been really procrastinating for the longest time now. nice post. 🙂

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks, hope this helps, as well as the other Slackers Series articles;). I know the feeling, I am a master procrastinator. I find that running early in the day helps me avoid procrastinating. If I wait til nighttime to run, I’m more likely to give in to excuses and say it’s too late.

  35. sailorjoci says:

    Sometimes if I don’t feel like working out, I’ll just change into my workout clothes and tell myself that it’s just to be comfortable. Then, the thought will pop into my head, “I should work out”… I’m already completely ready and I can get out the door before I change my mind or get distracted. It’s one of the very few ways I’m actually able to trick myself. It has like a 90% success rate.
    Thanks for the post!

  36. mari says:

    You are absotely right, i do it on my treadmill (Canada weather) but this tips are very helpful and sooo true! congratulations for being freshly press

  37. George says:

    Congratulation for being freshly pressed!
    I was doing well with my training, but unfortunately got tendinitis (Achille’s Tendon), It kept me away from activity for three month. I started two week ago, mostly with brisk walking, some jogging (no sprinting, since it was the reason fro my accident), not yet at least. I do 15 miles on a 40lb bike, and 6 miles. It help alot, and now that I deiscoved your refined website, it will get even better, as there is a wealth of information that I can barely wait to read, and learn.
    Thanks so Much and have a beautiful Monday!

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks George! You have a beautiful day too! I am glad my site is helpful and I will continue to update regularly with more information on injuries and training plans. That is good you are doing cross training and also doing a run-walk program to ease back into running, you are taking all the necessary precautions to stay healthy. Happy and healthy running to you!

  38. jessicaber says:

    I love excersize, but I find that running is so hard on my knees. I would rather go for a bike ride and give my ligaments a good pull.

    • Marnie says:

      Running is more high-impact than cycling for sure, and if you experience joint pain or knee problems, cycling can be a great alternative. Good luck to you!

  39. I have a great motivator. A dog. Believe me- i would get out of it if I could on most days… but- he makes sure I get out running every day!

    • Marnie says:

      That is awesome! I have run with my dog a lot too and I agree, it is motivating and also fun. Stay tuned for post with tips for running with your dog.

  40. Great post. I particularly share your tip on ‘making a deal with yourself’. I too find that the biggest obstacle is actually leaving home to run, but once I’m running I usually want to continue running even when the time limit I had set originally is over.

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks for your input, I agree! As with many things we worry about or put off, once you actually start the task, it’s not nearly as bad as you imagined. With running, it is actually fun, or at least fulfilling because you feel that sense of accomplishment for completing a workout.

  41. Don Tran says:

    Thank for the info. I did know preparing is the best you can do to complete your workout,

    regards,

    Don

  42. Eva McCane says:

    I needed that pep talk! thanks!

  43. jessiepeace says:

    I have never even went on a run before but I would really like to start. Been trying to convince my girlfriend to with me.

    Or maybe we will go on bike rides, we have been on a few of them lately, its just keeping it up. Been away at university so its hard because Im never in one place for a long time. But I should be over summer, so thats when I want to start regular exercise.
    Jessie.

    • Marnie says:

      Good luck to you Jessie! I hope Runstreet can offer some helpful tips and ideas for getting started. Running can be very addictive, which can really help you stick to a program once you get in the habit. Once you run regularly for a few weeks, you will be hooked I bet.

  44. Lesley says:

    Great post, very helpful! ..and so true! I’ve never been a natural runner, so even hitting the 2-3 mile mark is a great achievement :). Half the time, I find running difficult because I skip out on work-outs left and right, so its hard to keep my endurance up. When I realized my problem, I got myself a running buddy, and it made it so much easier – and pushed me to run farther! Thanks for all the tips – especially the work-out tracker!

    • Marnie says:

      I’m glad this post was helpful! 2-3 miles is a great accomplishment, congrats! And running buddies really do help a lot and make workouts more fun. Happy running to you!

  45. thor27 says:

    Running is good for you. I ran pretty good once. Now I walk got a messed up leg. Nice blog read my todays !

  46. maireadrose says:

    Thanks for an encouraging kick-in-the-pants post!

  47. centerpart says:

    Thank you for your inspiration! I have been running off and on for years and have had so much trouble finding a consistent, motivated routine. I look forward to more healthful living and reading more of your blog.

    • Marnie says:

      I am glad to help! Good luck to you and happy running! I will be posting more healthy workout and nutrition tips regularly, stay tuned;).

  48. me says:

    Good tips. One of my favorites is to start slow and easy and not be afraid to run/walk in the beginning. If you push too hard and hurt/ache all you’ve done is given yourself another excuse to not run.

    • Marnie says:

      Glad these tips are helpful. I think starting with too much is a common mistake and you are right, it often leads to injury and then no running. I’ve been training beginners with run-walk programs and they have been very successful in building up endurance gradually and can now run the whole way.

  49. diarydad says:

    Great Post I think I’ll share it with my network!

  50. trialsinfood says:

    i’ve used all those excuses!

  51. ournote2self says:

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  52. Thanks for the post and tips! After running my first 5k it’s been hard to stay motivated, been looking for another one to keep me going! I am fairly new to the running world, any sites I should be aware of for 5ks and all that fun stuff?

    • Marnie says:

      You’re welcome Sarah! I would check with your local track club. Most cities have a track club that lists all the events and races in the area. Also go to your local running stores or visit their websites and they’ll have info on fun local events. Also, check out http://www.active.com/ for event listings.

  53. Yes says:

    I’ve only clicked on the post because I saw a nice ass. I would love to squeeze it.

    Best wishes

  54. robpacker says:

    Great post! Having a running buddy works great with me: the shame of being the quitter is too much!

  55. As a broke student I’ve been meaning to start running, as it is the only really affordable means of getting some excercise. Hopefully this helps 🙂

    • Marnie says:

      Yes, as a broke writer, I can say it is very affordable and always available! Even if the weather is bad, you can usually find a friend with a treadmill or use the university fitness center. You can even try out different gyms for a week at a time with free passes. Good luck!

  56. “…or your eye is twitching…” LOVE IT!! Cute post. 😉

  57. sarajanelle says:

    Thank you for this post, it may have just given me the motivation to try running again! I really want to be a runner, but I feel like crap after my first few runs and give up. Blah!

    • Marnie says:

      Glad it inspired you! Usually the first few weeks are the most difficult. Once you get into the routine (after about 2 to 3 weeks), it’ll seem easier to stick with a program. If you feel bad running, maybe you are doing too much for your workouts at first. Try doing a running and walking program that feels slightly challenging but not too hard and definitely not painful. Bring along a friend or your favorite music and it’ll make it more fun. Add a few more minutes of running to your workouts each week and before you know it, you’ll be a running machine;).

      • sarajanelle says:

        I appreciate the advice! 🙂
        I’m genuinely going to try, for more than three or four runs this time! I know you’re right, once I do it for a few weeks it’ll feel worse to not run than it will to run! haha

  58. I like the idea of rewarding yourself. I could say that I can only buy something I want (as in not a necessity like groceries, which I want so I won’t starve or gas, which I want so I can go places). I could see this as killing two birds with one stone. Get a nice workout in and prevent myself from overspending. Nice post. 🙂

  59. elenamusic says:

    I’m reading this right before I go out the door to the gym, haha. Thanks!

  60. Gwenniesmom says:

    Thank you for including sites on how to find a running partner or groups. I started running with a friend and it was great…until I moved 600 miles away and have no friends to run with. I will definitely check this out.

    • Marnie says:

      You’re welcome, glad to help! I know that feeling, I have moved a lot. Meetup.com always comes through for me with running groups though or check with your local track club, most of them have free running groups.

  61. fledzeppelin says:

    Yeah, Creve Coeur Park! My favorite place to run. Was just there the other day.

    • Marnie says:

      I love it too! It is fun to rollerblade there as well, it’s such a nice, flat path. Maybe I’ll literally run into you sometime LOL.

  62. Kai says:

    awesome post!

  63. anjobanjo22 says:

    I used to love running a lot. Unfortunately, my knees started acting up and I took up swimming instead (which I love). These little tips are great for not only running but for exercising in general. Great post!

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks, I’m glad they can be applied to other exercises as well! Swimming is an awesome full body workout with no impact, keep up the good work!;)

  64. good post, being a runner there is always an excuse and it is tempting but running makes mme feel good when things are bad!!!!

  65. Amanda says:

    This is a great article to help people get motivated to get out there and get active. I like the idea of giving yourself a incentive to get out and get moving.

  66. Dominique Jackson says:

    All the things That pull me out of bed on that sunday long run day!… Good post

  67. edebock says:

    I’m not a runner but I’m an avid walker & your suggestions work well for me too, especially the first one. Since I started keeping track of the distance I walk (almost 300 miles since Sept. 1) I’ve been much more motivated.

  68. segmation says:

    Hi Marnie,
    This is so helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  69. These are great tips! I am just getting back into exercising regularly (took a hiatus due to a particularly trying work schedule). I’ve got a wedding to look pretty for as my incentive, but there are still some rough mornings or evenings when relaxation looks so much better than sweating. I really like the idea of keeping a mileage count–self-competition works well for me.

    • Marnie says:

      Great, glad to help! I’m more competitive with myself than anyone else too. I try to get faster on my speed workouts each week so that when I post my times on Dailymile, I can see a difference in the average pace. Happy running to you and congrats on the wedding!;)

  70. Excellent advice! This would work well for those who don’t necessarily run, but need to exercise in general.

  71. ALIVE aLwaYs says:

    Last step is definitely the most helpful for me, for I am more likely to betray myself even for goodies than my buddy.

    • Marnie says:

      Glad to help! I can relate, sometimes it feels worse to let someone else down than to let yourself down. Happy running to you and your buddy!

  72. Francis says:

    First day of starting a running workout so this post was perfect. I’ll probably print it out and pin it to my bulletin board so that when I wake up in the morning, it’ll give me the boost I need. Thanks! 🙂

  73. I hate how running always leads to stuffy songs about the rear!

  74. BEA says:

    That’s exactly my problem! I procrastinate too much. I plan to work out in the morning, then I reschedule it for the afternoon, and I end up not working out at all. -.- Thanks for the tips!

    • Marnie says:

      I have definitely been there before! I used to put off running til midnight sometimes and then often didn’t do it or would do only half of a workout on the treadmill. Going earlier really can help you get in more regular workouts. Best of luck to you!

  75. Great ideas! Love the 10 minute one…..

  76. socratescell says:

    this post is really relevant…it took me 30 minutes to get out of the door. haha thanks for the tips

  77. LifeofMat says:

    Having always struggled to lose weight myself, I can completely agree that once you make an excuse one day, it’s over. The next days there after one will be devoid of all physical activity. One possible motivator is take a picture of yourself with your shirt off. Anytime you feel like not exercising, just look at the photo of of your amoeboid self and away you go. Works for me!

  78. Paul Sweeney says:

    I heard a talk from Shane Dirks about training and he mentioned the hardest thing to starting is getting your boots on. Once you have your boots on the rest is easier. I try to have my running gear next to the bed so when I wake up I’m ready to go!

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks for sharing, that’s a great tip! I always do that for races too because I’m perpetually late and losing things. When everything is by my bed I can actually make it out the door in time. Happy running to you!

  79. greatly post, im usually run 2km daily in the morning. best ideas you have for me. run with partner actually run with love. 🙂

  80. achilliad says:

    Nope. Some of us are nocturnal or at least exercise at mid-day (like me). Maybe it is the decades of working the overnight shift that reset my body clock 4 ever. But unless my fiancee suddenly becomes a rooster intead of an Owl like we are currently…there will be NO early moring outdoor activities…ok, maybe Tennis at 11 Am. Can’t run anymore anyway since the dreaded Achilles rupture in the mid nineties told me “stop it!”. Kudos on geting popularly and early pressed like fresh morning air.

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks for the kudos and response! I am on an afternoon schedule for running currently too. My freelancing schedule is more of the owl hours so I can relate! Afternoon is almost like morning for me though, so I consider it almost the start of my day;). Enjoy your activities and sleep!

  81. wrightwayy says:

    hi! nice page! is this a blog that u started on word press? i’m trying to get started with my gossip/fashion blog. i really like how u respond to everyone….hope i can b included 🙂 i used to b a commited runner but 30lbs later if u look up LAZY in the dictionary you will see me …

    • Marnie says:

      Hello~ Thanks you! I did start it on WordPress, I just bought the domain name for like $10 so I wouldn’t have wordpress.com at the end of the blog. And LOL at the lazy! It’s never too late for new beginnings! Speaking of, good luck with your blog, I love fashion, keep me posted!

  82. westwardwinds says:

    I’m hoping that by “liking” this, and not actually reading it, will get me to move my body in some way. I actually did read it, though, and will try it…but first, blogs, work, reading, socializing…and, oh bleep, I’m too tired to exercise now. 😉 Yeah, exactly, everything you have in the firs paragraph describes me. I WILL DO ANYTHING to keep from running/exercising, so long as it keeps me from the awful truth that I am a lazy human, on the verge of becoming decrepit. I will SAY that I’m lazy, but in a patronizing manner, as in I have too many interesting things to do, and at the end of all my mental labor and creativity, I am above physical workout. However, this is hogwash. Physical activity nurtures the soul and the mind. Without it, we are lesser than we can be. START IN SMALL CHUNKS AND THEN BITE OFF MORE. When you begin to bite off more than you can chew in work-out time and intensity of workout, you become smug, and a week will go by after that super workout, because throughout that time you will be sore and feel tired but think that you did so much that day you need not to. However, if you start with something small, and less intense, you will gradually WANT and NEED more workout, and not strain yourself for it. And, most likely, will not completely avoid physical activity because of a crazy gym-session. Something Like That –From A Girl Who Has Not Seen Her Running Shoes Since January and Has A Vague Plan to Recover Them

    • Marnie says:

      Lol, poetically put! I’m glad the post inspired your eloquent response;). And you are right, starting with small steps is better and you’ll be much more likely to stick with a manageable program instead of plunging into intense workouts that leave you exhausted and more likely to be injured and hate exercising. Best of luck to you, I think you will do well!

  83. westwardwinds says:

    And did I mention, thanks for the straightforward and sensible advice. I will be on that stuff, and this encourages me to sketch clearer plan for recovering my Nikes.

  84. Awesome post! Appreciate the info. I just started trying to get in shape myself, though I’m going to try the biking at first. I admire the runners, I just don’t know I could ever be one 🙂

    • Marnie says:

      Thank you, glad to inspire! I feel the same way about biking lol. I don’t think I could do much of it but I admire people who do. Happy cycling!

  85. cableask says:

    It’s cool to read your article. It makes me want to do some workwout everyday. I have to action…..and hope I will find one partner soon….because I will keep on doing if someone with me………….Thank you very much…

  86. Really helpful tips! We’re heading into winter down here in New Zealand so motivation is even harder to find… Whether it’s because it’s cold or because days are shorter and I don’t want to have to run in the dark… Anything’s an excuse. From my personal experience, your first and last points are extremely helpful. Haven’t tried the others but should give it a go.

    • Marnie says:

      I’m glad this is helpful for you! I know it’s tough to run through the cold and dark but remember it will pay off when it’s warm out and you’re in great shape! And running can help you feel more energized during those dreary winter months without much sunlight. Good luck to you!

  87. Eric says:

    This is exactly what I needed to see right now. I used to run every day, but I haven’t done it at all this year. Now that it’s warmer outside, I don’t have any excuses. Thanks for sharing!

  88. I’m reading your post instead of running right now!

  89. Actually I don’t need any reasons for running. I rush out of my house whenever I get a chance, and run madly on the road till my mom gives me a good spanking!!!!!!

  90. The title alone made me want to go. The photos forced me to pull my shoes from their home. The story made me run. Thanks, I needed that.

  91. dara poznar says:

    Very cool! Good timing for me too. I am a runner who went on vacation (no running for 2 weeks), got the flu the day I came home (no running for another week) and as you probably could guess- getting back into it was HARD! I slacked for 4 additional days… and was feeling pitiful with low energy, a bad attitude, and laziness for all of them. I got back out there today- Woo! Why on earth do I talk myself out of such wonderfulness?? Needless to say I got my runner’s high back, and I intend to keep it with the utilization of your fantastic tips. Thanks!!! & congrats on being Freshly Pressed. 🙂

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and are back to enjoying running again! I know that feeling of sluggishness and reluctance after a break, but it is always nice to get back in the swing of running and enjoy that runner’s high;). Happy running to you!

  92. Accountability is the way to go. That’s why I post my progress on FB. It’s hard coming from the weight I have. Makes me fell vulnerable, but worth it because now I have to prove myself. Keep up the good work. Looks like you are an inspiration to many!

    • Marnie says:

      Thank you! You keep up the good work too, it sounds like you are doing well with your program and updates! I feel vulnerable posting sometimes too — my friends will tease me if I do a short run or a slow day sometimes, but I try to take it in stride and tease back lol. And one post by itself may not seem too impressive, but consistent workout updates are pretty impressive. Good luck!

  93. gingerclub says:

    http://beatbloodpressure.wordpress.com

    I just got back from running. Great to have like minded people out there which encourage the discipline. I have made sports my priority because I feel it really helps with other things too. The great Strunz, a runners coach in Germany once said “Weak legs, weak brain”. I also found that combining Yoga with running is great and eating lots of veggies and fruits.
    I like your post very much and congratulations for being freshly pressed.

    Ginger

    • Marnie says:

      Ginger~ Thanks for sharing that memorable quote and great tips! I will have to use that quote in a future post, I love it. I would like to try yoga, I’ve done a little but then got busy with dance. But yoga would help my flexibility for dance as well as balance out running well and calm my racing mind, I think. Happy running and yoga-ing to you;)

  94. Harri says:

    Really liked this post thanks 🙂 come at a great time. I’m planning to begin running and will be buying some trainers and suitable clothing this week. But I KNOW i’ll struggle with getting myself motivated and out that door so this will come in very useful! xx

  95. zulfiqar says:

    nice. but i can not do that excersise anymore

  96. Rafael says:

    I used to go jogging early in the morning, but now that I have to study for my exams I have no time… what an excuse!
    Thanks for the post, it’s very encouraging!

  97. 援助交際 says:

    but worth it because now I have to prove myself. Keep up the good work. Looks like you are an inspiration to many!

    • Marnie says:

      thanks! that’s a good way of putting it, proving yourself to yourself. Running is about conquering that inner voice that says “I can’t” because you really can. Happy running to you!

  98. I totally agree that ‘getting out the door’ is the hardest part of going for a run! Argh.

  99. You’re so right, the biggest obstacle is yourself. Once you’re out the door, the rest seems easy (well easier). Mind over matter!

  100. being32 says:

    Nice one. It feels quite weird reading this today, as I cancelled my gym membership this morning. I’ve been thinking being outdoors might suit me better. Now to find that motivation to move my wobbly bum!

    • Marnie says:

      I don’t like gyms much either. Some people love treadmill running but I’d take most of the bad weather outiside over a treadmill. Good luck to you, and enjoy mother nature;)

  101. rantingraj says:

    well thats precisely why being a smack head is cool all this shit just doesn’t matter then

  102. thatboytim says:

    Good Post. I have been trying to run since January – not very exciting if you can’t self motivate. I have also just joined a local gym to vary my exercise routine.

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  104. Marcus Ampe says:

    One partner to run with was forgotten. One way to make sure that one has to go out regularly is to take a dog, who needs to run.

  105. MK says:

    thank you for this! I DID NOT want to run this morning, but I forced myself out the door and did two miles (with some walking, but still something is better than nothing.) It’s so true– just get out the door! Even if you end up walking, you’re still be active and that’s half the battle. I’m psyched to do more tomorrow. . . and it helped having read this:)

  106. gaycarboys says:

    thanks. very helpful

  107. rpolom says:

    Totally agree with you! I started running about 10 years ago and it was really hell in the beginning, especially since I had just quit smoking. But I really gave it my best shot and haven’t stopped since, even in winter, blizzard or not and whatever other nature gave to me I gave back 🙂 I’m in much better shape now and just completed my 5th week of P90x. Its never to late to start. Nice post!

  108. Jennifer says:

    How about this excuse?
    I’m afraid of swooping birds in my neighborhood? I avoid running in the springtime b/c birds in my area are especially aggressive to runners. Has this happened to you?

  109. This has good timing for me. I have been thinking about taking it up.

  110. Honestly what inspires me to run is an excuse to listen to the music on my ipod!

    There’s nothing better than running to the beat of your favorite tracks while thinking your whole week through!

    This is a pretty cool blog and can I just add – lol@and stuff

  111. Lindsay says:

    Fabulous tips for a lazy git like me! I need to get my butt in gear and this is just the ticket.

  112. thor27 says:

    This is a very good athletic blog I wish I could still run but I can walk !!!

  113. John "I'm so kinky" Creasey says:

    Running is so fantastic, hardest part is going out when its raining however you get a feeling of absolute pleasure when you’ve finished.

    • Marnie says:

      I agree, it is hard to stay motivated when the weather is bad. Try some waterproof outer layers to keep you dry, wait til it stops raining or run on a treadmill. Happy running to you!

  114. Yes, yes, a thousand time yes…I’m re-blogging you babe!

  115. Hunter says:

    Great article. Short, and inspiring….now, where are my runners.

    • Marnie says:

      Thank you, glad to inspire! Good luck finding some runners! Check with your local track club for running groups or ask around at work, in your neighborhood or at the gym. Happy running to you!

  116. Julia says:

    I like your tips but I was wondering if you had any advice on making your legs stronger. I go to high school and I am looking for tips since I have cheerleading tryouts soon! I hope you can help! Great advice and blog!!! Keep up the good work! KUTGW

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks! If you want to make your legs stronger for cheerleading jumps, try doing some plyometrics exercises. Here’s a post I did about plyometrics exercises. Also, do some strength training with weights. Try squats, lunges, calf raises and the leg press machine. Good luck!

  117. Lafemmeroar says:

    Going to print your post and stick it on my fridge, on my thighs, on my butt and etc. I’m not a runner, but I do walk. But I do need to stop rewarding myself with a tub of Haagen Dazs after working out though … ice cream defeats the purpose of exercise.

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks, hope it helps! Yeah try a different type of reward or some fro-yo, that’s pretty healthy and similar to ice cream;). Good luck to you!

  118. serina says:

    marine is right

  119. Motivation’s an issue with challenges great and small. I run in Chicago year-round and while I love it all, the mid-winter ice and darkness of early morning make it a tough. Everything’s got to have a first step, though – I trained hard on snow and ice and qualified for Boston in Wisconsin a few weeks ago, in good part because I got my foot out the door on those difficult days. Congrats on FP!

    • Marnie says:

      I agree motivation can be hard, especially in Chicago winters. I studied in Chicago for a while and loved running along Lake Michigan, but the wind got so brutal in winter! Congrats on qualifying for Boston Marathon, awesome! And thanks on the congrats~ happy running to you!

  120. Helen Long says:

    Thanks for sharing! This was a great motivator!

  121. Motivation is always been my problem to workout. Left and right excuses.I do love walking a lot,but when my walking buddy move to other place I haven’t walked anymore. Your post inspires me, I’ll forcefully push my self to go out the door. Thanks!

    • Marnie says:

      Sorry your buddy moved, maybe you can find another walking buddy? And if not, it can be relaxing to exercise and tune out with music;). Good luck to you!

  122. brownie3221 says:

    What’s a good way to fight the heat of summer and actually go outside to run? 95 degree days seem to be running turn-offs. Thank you!

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  123. Terrific tips! Thanks for sharing!

  124. itsbritt says:

    great post! its tough to get motivated sometimes. a few fun things i’ve found: the s2h watch, which gives you points for the calories you burn during workouts. you can redeem the points for things like itunes music credits, movie tickets, and the wii fit once you get enough! check it out at http://www.s2h.com/

    also, livestrong.com is a great site that not only lets you track your eating, calories and fitness goals, but also allows you to create bike, running or walking loops and will help you map out the best route for you. it also tells you mileage and allows you to share with others so they can use it too.

    thanks again for sharing your tips!

    • Marnie says:

      Wow these are great ideas, thanks for sharing! I will have to check out s2h, it sounds really cool. And I should have mentioned Livestrong, I write for them! Lol. They do offer a lot of useful tools for tracking your workouts. Thanks again for the tips!

  125. eva626 says:

    I always like when i have someone to run with…i just love competition …its so motivating

    • Marnie says:

      That is great it motivates you! I agree, it can really help you run faster when you’re trying to keep up with someone or challenge them. Happy running to you!

  126. missmaimai says:

    thanks for the motivation! it’s been very difficult to get out on the road again. will look to your blog for more tips 🙂

  127. fitwellssu says:

    Awesome advice – loved reading this article!

  128. Just the sort of blog I need as I start to run for the first time in probably ten years.

    5K run in two months is the goal…

  129. kimmasiello says:

    Great post!! I used to run everyday and then, well, I started slacking. No excuses..I just got lazy. Thanks for the motivation!

  130. merediiith says:

    good post. i love the dailymile! i also recently reflected on similar ideas: http://merediiith.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/motivate-me/

  131. Unsolicitedious Rebugger says:

    Fantastic post! For me it is tiredness & if I’m really honest, fair of failure – I have depression which has contributed a lot to this feeling of standing on the edge of an abyss instead of just getting out there & doing it. The daily mile (1.6km in my language) is the kind of frequency & slow build up that the great Arthur Lydiard promoted – makes running really manageable as like you say, you just head out, do 10 minutes then come back if you feel like crap. Keep up the great work! 🙂

    • Marnie says:

      Thanks, glad you liked the post! I get anxious sometimes and find that running helps me feel better, it seems to be a natural mood lifter;). Good luck gettin back out there on those tough days! I love the Dailymile too, it gives me a feeling of accomplishment to see the mileage add up.

  132. Very cool! Good timing for me too. I am a runner who went on vacation (no running for 2 weeks), got the flu the day I came home (no running for another week) and as you probably could guess- getting back into it was HARD! I slacked for 4 additional days… and was feeling pitiful with low energy, a bad attitude, and laziness for all of them. I got back out there today- Woo! Why on earth do I talk myself out of such wonderfulness?? Needless to say I got my runner’s high back, and I intend to keep it with the utilization of your fantastic tips. Thanks!!! & congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  133. I love living in London BUT my mother just sent me an email saying that there are 30°C at home (northen Italy, Milan countryside), she, my brother and my uncle are in the garden sunbathing and they are already all black and.. me.
    Well, I’m in London, stuck in my flat, studying for my math exams and daydreaming about my 3 days back home sunbathing as soon as my exam will be finished.
    Love 5 terre, nice memories I’ve got of that place.. beautiful pics! You haven’t pictured any person.. I would have included some.. especially there in Portofino

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