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The Barge Arse Runner; Motivation Week. #ChasingFitnessStory

September 17, 2016 6 Comments

I'm naturally a sofa, wine and chocolate kinda gal, and this week has been no different from any other. So, my main blog subject this week, is motivation. With the dark nights looming, and colder weather just around the corner, motivation to get one's backside out of the door to run is, quite naturally challenging for us all.  With this in mind, I thought I would share with you the things that motivate me, and in turn, they might help you guys too.  


So when it comes to an early morning run, I tend not to over think things. I could find a million excuses, sometimes, not to hit the lanes; there's a cloud over there, I can't find my running belt, the dog's been sick, my knee aches a bit or there's an R in the month, you know the sort of thing.  So just getting your kit on, not thinking about it too much and just getting out there, no messin' is the best way.  
I've learned so much about running in the last five years.  I now know not to wear make up, because by the time you are back home, it's all over your face, and you resemble a crow that's hit the windscreen.  Lip gloss is a big no-no, especially in the summer months. I once came back with so many flies stuck to my mouth, I looked like an advert for Vapona insect strips.  I could go on...

But back to motivation.  
Apart from the fact that I don't need an excuse to run, because I love it, running does my mental state the power of good. It sets me up for the day, I feel fantastic.  If I don't go, I feel fed up, sluggish, and lardy. So the pros definitely outweigh the cons there. 
Now, lets talk food. Please, humour me, because I like food. ALOT.  Ok, possibly too much.  Before I realise I have consumed my own bodyweight in macaroni cheese, or cake, and hey presto, before I know where I am the husband is Taking me home in a wheelbarrow.  So, this is also a big motivation to a) not eat too much and b) run it off.
(Another Viennese whirl Al? Ah, don't mind if I do. It would be rude not to).
So the next time you think "I don't know if I can be bothered" or "it's cold" etc, just think how brilliant you are going to feel when you get home. Remember, your bottom will thank you for it 😉 mine does. 

 

Like always, we encourage you to comment and engage with Allie by posting below. Make sure you tune in next week for the #ChasingFitnessStory by 'The Barge Arse Runner'

 

 




6 Responses

Kaz
Kaz

September 18, 2016

Hi Allie, thank you for your advice ! You have definitely given me the push I needed to get started.

Pam Hamilton
Pam Hamilton

September 17, 2016

Great blog Allie, I have just done day one week one of couch 25k – need to get motivated, i can always find an excuse not to do stuff!!!!!, I will keep trying, but i think you are right…. Dont overthink, just get out and do it. Brill!!!!

Bargearse
Bargearse

September 17, 2016

Hi Kaz, thankyou for your comment. Well, firstly I have to say that running is 95% mental, the rest is all down to fitness. But, I do find that in the beginning take it very gently. Don’t set yourself too big a target. Maybe just a mile to start with, and build it up from there. Remember, it’s not a competition, the main thing is, you are out there, doing it. Good luck ?! Hope this helps.

Bargearse
Bargearse

September 17, 2016

Hi Kaz, thankyou for your comment. Well, firstly I have to say that running is 95% mental, the rest is all down to fitness. But, I do find that in the beginning take it very gently. Don’t set yourself too big a target. Maybe just a mile to start with, and build it up from there. Remember, it’s not a competition, the main thing is, you are out there, doing it. Good luck ?! Hope this helps.

Bargearse
Bargearse

September 17, 2016

Hi Kaz, thankyou for your comment. Well, firstly I have to say that running is 95% mental, the rest is all down to fitness. But, I do find that in the beginning take it very gently. Don’t set yourself too big a target. Maybe just a mile to start with, and build it up from there. Remember, it’s not a competition, the main thing is, you are out there, doing it. Good luck ?! Hope this helps.

Kaz
Kaz

September 17, 2016

Allie, great blog ! I must say I use most of those excuses myself not to exercise. I am thinking of taking up running but not sure I have enough stamina to keep it up. Have you any advice on how to build up my strength for running as I tire quite quickly ?

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