I’ve been struggling lately with keeping a regular workout routine. It pretty much started when I crossed the finish line at the Marine Corps Marathon. Initially, I needed some time off to rest and recover both physically and mentally.
After that, I had a string of bad luck. There was a rolled ankle on my first run back that caused pain in my foot for a few weeks. Then a sinus infection that settled itself in my chest throughout most of December. And lastly my first cavity, which led to an emergency root canal. But all of that is over now and I’m still not back to a regular workout routine.
My issue isn’t running on the weekends, that’s been going fine. It’s getting a run or workout in during the week where I’m struggling. Often by the time I get home from work I’m just done. I’m not sure why that is. When I was training for Marine Corps I came home knowing my work wasn’t over yet for the day and I never questioned getting my run in. It’s not like I don’t have plenty of races coming up. Shouldn’t that be motivation enough? Not to mention the extra few pounds I packed on around the holidays. But yet I still find myself lacking a desire to do something active during the week.
Normally motivational posters work pretty well for me when I’m stuck in a rut. But they’re not cutting it for me lately. In looking back at past running logs, I found that I always experience a lull in my workouts this time of year. I guess it’s a combination of the post-holiday blues, the lack of sunlight, and the stress of returning to a normal work/daily schedule. Or maybe it’s just laziness?
In an effort to get my butt in gear, I did something unusual for me. Since Pinterest running posters and races on the schedule aren’t doing it, I went the material route instead. Don’t judge me for this, but I picked out a new running top I don’t even need as an incentive to get back on a regular running schedule.
My goal is to get back to running/working out 4-5 times per week. I think when I successfully do this two or three weeks in a row I’ll have earned my new top. I also ran across this book which looked really interesting, so I started reading it.
No one jump to any conclusions here. It just looked like an interesting read, and I think some of the stuff in the book will be helpful with my trail series this spring.
I think it’s going to help as the days continue to get longer and the sun sets a bit later in the evening, too. It’s always nice to have a bit of daylight left even after your run or workout is done. Just getting back into a regular running routine will help my motivation, too. Call it a self fulfilling prophecy, but I feel better when I’m running regularly. And when I feel better it makes me want to get out there even more.
How do you get yourself out of a rut?
Do you experience a lull in exercise during the holidays?
What do you think: Should I make my goal 2, 3, or 4 weeks of regular activity before I earn my reward?