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When you need motivation

To me running is fun and I have a great time doing it. But some days I’m just not feeling it. There are a lot of reasons as to why you don’t want to work out and need some extra motivation. Most of the time the hardest step is to actually get out the door, then once you get out and start running you no longer understand why you had trouble getting out in the first place. Here is a list of things I could think of that might help you those days when the doorstep mile feels a lot longer than normal.

  1. Buy new shoes or clothes.
    I personally like to do this every now and then. When I buy a new pair of shorts I can’t wait to get out and wear them for a run!
  2. Remember why you run.
    Whether it’s because you’re trying to get the “dream bod”, you’re training for a race, or it’s just your therapy. Remembering why you do this will make it a lot easier to get past that horrid doorstep mile on days you’re just not feeling it.
  3. Running is therapy.
    If I feel like too much is going on around me or if I feel like there’s a lot of chaos in my head I always feel better when I put on my running shoes, get my pulse going, breathe in all the fresh air, and sweat. This is also great if you’re angry/pissed off because then you’ll need to get that anger out somehow, which to me has often resulted in random PBs.
  4. Be happy you CAN run.
    I was never good at thinking this way, but after I had surgery and couldn’t run for a long long time I have started to appreciate it a lot more. Not everyone can think back to a time when they couldn’t run for a longer period because of a surgery or similar stuff, but most people have experienced a cold or something that has forced them to take a few extra days off from running. It’s equally as annoying, so think back to that time and you’ll most likely think “I should get out and run now just in case I’ll get sick in the near future”.
  5. Listen to music.
    Sometimes a run will be easier if you listen to music while running. Make a new playlist on your phone, put on your headphones and go for a run! What I like to do is look for new songs from different countries.
  6. Set goals.
    If you have a goal to, let’s say, run 100 km in a month. Then you have to run to reach that goal. If there’s only 1 day left of the month and you still need 8 km to reach your goal then it’s not that hard to get through that 8 km run even though it might be raining outside, it’s only 8 km after all.
  7. Have a challenge with a friend.
    My mom and I have done this a few months now. We both use an app on our phones to track our runs and with that app you can challenge your friends. Our challenge has been “Who can run the most kms in a month?”. You can make your own challenges, it doesn’t need to be the same as ours, do what suits your own goals and workout plan.
  8. Reward yourself.
    For some this means “If I run today I can eat chocolate tonight” for others it means “If I crush my personal best time on 5K I’ll allow myself to buy new shoes”. Do what motivates you.
  9. Sign up for a race.
    Having something to train for other than your ego is awesome. Knowing I have a marathon to run at the end of November makes it more tolorable to run in the bad late fall weather or spend hours inside on a treadmill. You don’t have to sign up for a marathon, obviously. 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, other. A race is a race and it’s all for fun.

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Do you have any other tips on how to stay/get motivated?
What is your “go to” action to do whenever you need some extra motivation?

Marie Alessandra

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Short run-week recap.

Three times a week‘ she said, ‘being consistent‘ she said. It’s still a work in progress.
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Take a quick look at the photo below – this is what my week has looked like. Not a great run-week for me.. I’ve been so stressed out all week, I need to stop making too many plans at the same time. You see this mirrored in my runs. Being stressed and tired doesn’t  The run I’m the most happy with this week is the short 3.02 km run I did with my mom on Friday. Which is a little weird to me, because normally I’m not happy with a run unless it’s at least ‘so and so’ long. The reason I’m so happy with our short run is because Friday was a day where I really didn’t want to go out and run. I felt so *in lack of a better word* blah. Just blah and gross. I checked the app I’m using to track my runs and decided to take a look at the challenge of the month. My mom and I have been doing this fun little motivation thing for 2 months now; we have a challenge on who can run the most km in a month (the app let you make your own fitness challenges and challenge whoever you want). Anyway, I checked out our challenge page and realized I was only 2 km away from reaching 100 km this month and I automatically needed to reach at least those 100 km. Even though I now knew I was going to run I still struggled to get out the door. We’ve all been there, right? Haha! That’s when I asked my mom if she would help me get through this super short run. She came with me and that’s how I was able to do that run.
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It’s nice to feel happy with a run for other reasons than just the distance or time. But trust and believe, once I’m back from my vacation I’ll be chasing times again and train harder than ever before.

Today it’s only one week left until my dad and I are going to New York again. I am so excited! It’s my favorite place on earth, it’s a place that calms me and makes me happy. New York inspires me. I love it so much! To me traveling makes it easier to organize my thoughts and forget about stupid and stressful things that doesn’t really matter. It’s almost like a cleanse. Now I’m rambling, haha! I hope everyone has had a great week! Good night.

What are you doing this summer?
Do you make “post vacation workout plans” before going too?

Marie Alessandra

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Five very different days

This week has been one of those weeks where things kind of seem to go really bad, but at the end of the day you just find something positive about everything anyway. I like that, I think this is what I’ve been waiting for and needed to get that last slice of the motivation-cake. That probably sounds weird, but sometimes all you need to get where you want is a week of random events. Some days you just need to go to bed and laugh a little of whatever happened that day. Life is weird, life is good.
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Tuesday: it had been raining like crazy the whole day, but in the evening it cleared up a little. My mom and I had already scheduled a run together so it was really lucky for us. If the rain had still been on it’s worst we would probably have gone to the gym instead.
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We started out with a comfortable pace on the old railroad. I thought we were just going to run the railroad path to the end and back home, but my mom had a different plan for us. When we got to the end of the railroad we ran up a hill into the woods. Up, up, up to the lake and keep going on the right side of the water. As I said it had been raining a lot that day (and the days before) so there where a lot of water pits and mud to avoid, which means a lot of walking aswell. Didn’t matter though, being outside was good enough. When we were almost on the other side of the lake it started to hail. Awesome, haha. The weather has been so weird lately. We went deeper in the woods, on this pretty cool looking path over wetlands made with planks. Whoever made it is a genius! It went from hail to rain, and we kept going. The trail got muddier and muddier, which I personally found really annoying. But we got through it. After lots of mud, water, rain, we were finally back on the old railroad and close to home. It was great.
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Wednesday: took a rest day and felt depressed. Went for a short 30 minute walk.

Thursday: it was warm and sunny outside so I went for a run at my regular route down by the river. It’s always so nice there when the weather is great. When I was around 2 km away from my boyfriend’s appartment my knee decided the run was over. It literally felt like someone punched me really hard on the knee from the side. It hurt like hell! Walking on it didn’t work, and I could pretty much forget about running. Just my luck, huh? After 2 km of pain and hard work (haha, I swear, I should have won a medal for dragging myself up that last hill with only 1 working leg) I was finally back inside. I have no idea what happened, there were no reasons for my knee to just quit on me like that. I talked to my mom and she said if it still hurt tomorrow I should go to the doctor.

Friday: woke up and my knee was still hurting, so I texted my mom and she got me an appointment at the doctor’s. Before I went there I met up with my friend, Julia, to celebrate the beginning of her summer vacation haha! We celebrated with a Starbucks Frappuccino and a long nice chat in the comfy chairs. Then it was time for my appointment. He twisted, poked and bent my knee, asked a bunch of questions, then wrapped it up by saying that it was probably just a knee strain and it would be okay again in a couple days. Phew! It should be back to normal on Monday.
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Saturday: at the beginning of the week I had made a plan to do some trail running today because the weather was supposed to be amazing. After Thursday’s accident that plan kind of flew out the window, but the weather was too great to not do anything at all. My knee feels a lot better than it did, so I figured I could just go for a hike in the woods. Better than nothing.
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I started where I had planned on running. And I’m happy I went for a hike instead of a run, haha, I didn’t remember how crazy some of these trails are. Walking them is much easier.
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I haven’t been on that trail in a while and I had forgotten what paths to follow, and of course I keep taking the wrong ones and end up a little lost. I found this random little cabin that was locked with a padlock (what? lol). Then I didn’t find any good paths to take so I just started walking randonly through the woods in hopes of finding the trail again. I did, but apperantly I was on the complete opposite side of the lake than what I thought. Soon after I realize this I see this creepy guy standing behind a tree on the side of the trail. At first I didn’t think much about it, I figured he’d just been to mother nature’s public bathroom or whatever. But when I get closer he is still there, not walking onto the trail, saying hi or anything, just standing there being creepy and staring at me. It wasn’t like he was almost invisible, I could see the whole guy clear as day, from head to toe. He was just standing there, staring. I have seen waaaay too many episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI to keep on walking in his direction.
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So, me being the paranoid person that I am, turned around and casually started walking back where I came from. I turned my head a little just to see if he was still there. He was, but this time he had moved, and not in the direction I wanted him to go. No. The creepy guy had started walking the same way as me! Heeeell no! I started sprinting up the hills as if I was being chased by a lion, I didn’t care that my knee started to hurt, I was now 100% sure this guy was going to kill me and I was running for my life. So dramatic, HAHA! But in all seriousness, it was really really scary. He probably wasn’t a murderer or rapist or whatever, just a creepy weirdo out for a walk who enjoys standing behind trees for no reason (is this what we call a tree hugger? haha!), but I get really paraniod when people do weird shit like that (sorry for my choise of words here). Don’t stand beind a tree for so long and then start walking the same way as me when you clearly see me turn around to get the hell away from you, you creep!
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“Never look back, something might be gaining on you” – not sure where I have that from, but it was the only thing that was ringing in my head while I was running away like a freaked out chicken. It’s situations like this that makes me wish I had a dog. Finally I see some good old white and grey haired people and I knew I was safe. Yes, I trust the seniors, always! I figured if I was finally safe again I could might aswell continue my hike. So I kept going. And in the end it turned out to be a pretty great hike, if you look away from the whole creepy guy beind the tree episode. I even saw some really cool animals that I have no idea what was (looked like huge hares). Day well spent.
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Have you done anything fun this week?
Ever experienced something creepy or scary on a run/hike/walk?

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The struggle is real

April was not my month. To be completely honest, April was the most depressing and mind nagging month I’ve had in a really really long time. I have already complained about the whole “not being allowed to run before the stitches were taken out” thing, but that’s not the only problem I had with this month. My kryptonite, Pollen, was also being a real pain in the ass. Not to talk about the fact that “the monthly visitor” decited back at the beginning of 2015 to stay for waaay longer than just a week (we’re talking months, help!), and that didn’t exactly make things any easier either. I was pretty much thrown off balance, my routine got wrecked, and no matter how hard I tried I constantly messed it up. I was exhausted, tired all the time, constant pain, wasn’t able to wake up early, my breathing sucked, unhealthy eating, forgetting to eat at the right times, feeling lazy and fat, the list goes on..

I finally removed the last stitches and I could run again (you might remember me saying I was allowed to try to run and all that, well, I didn’t do it. Trying to take a shower was hard enough so I realized I’d just have to wait those extra 10 days before running again). Finally! It took me a few days to put on my Nikes again, but on Saturday I finally went for my first run after the break. Before heading out I was really nervous it would be pure hell to run again. I had only gotten 2 runs between Berlin and then so I was prepared for the worst. But the run actually felt amazing, not just because I had missed it so much, but also because I didn’t feel out of shape at all. My legs felt fine, my tempo was fine, all in all it was a great run. On Sunday I went out for a run again. It was pretty much the same as the day before. I am so happy it won’t take me much time to get back to top running shape again. I’m not sure if I mentioned this earlier when I was talking about the doctor’s appointments, but my blood results showed a high iron deficiency. I’ve been taking iron every morning now for the past 2 weeks and I think that might be the reason why it was so easy to run after the long break. We all know how important iron is, it just makes sense! So I’m glad it seems to be working.
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Now that I am finally getting back into a good routine with my running I hope and pray all the other stuff I’ve been struggling with lately will fall back into place aswell. Taking 100 mg iron every morning seems to be helping with the dizzyness and fatigue. The running helps with most things. I think the only important thing I have left to fix is my diet. Which in my case means I need to stop eating unhealthy things, start following my meal-times again, eat more veggies, quit snacking, and drink more water. My brain and body is in a place right now where nothing tastes good and I don’t have any cravings (other than Starbucks Frappuccinos, haha!). I don’t really get hungry when I’m off balance like now, and because flavor is the most important thing to me I just end up eating things that I believe will taste good whenever I want to eat something or if I get dizzy. So a healthy eating routine is important in my life. I don’t like feeling unhealthy, I don’t like feeling bloated and insecure, I just don’t like it. I will get back on track and feel comfertable in my own skin again very soon, that is a promise I’ll make for myself.

All I need right now is some extra motivation and inspiration. And a thousand crunches, haha!

How are you doing?
What motivates you when it comes to being healthy?

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