Sunday is my favourite day for long scenic runs…it’s also my worst!
I keep thinking about how it’s really the only day I have to sleep in and so every Saturday night I have this massive internal battle – sleep in or set the alarm. I know how amazing I’ll feel after the run (motivation), but I also know how hard it is to get going (beyond motivation.)
These 5 steps are by no means revolutionary, but they do help me get up and running.
- Having an early night – It seems a pretty obvious step and it’s one that makes all the difference. If I manage to have my 7 hours of shut-eye, opening said eyes early on a Sunday morning isn’t all that hard.
- Laying off the booze – There are few things worse than dragging yourself off for a long run with a raging hangover as company. If you can’t manage total abstinence, at least try and curb the quantity and gulp down loads of water in between and after drinks.
- Finding inspiration – Laugh if you must, but I love watching YouTube clips of long distance races…the end bits, that is. Something about seeing the determination on the runners’faces helps get me in the mood (to run!)
- Prepping my kit – Procrastination is a dear friend of mine and is never far from my side, especially on Sunday mornings. Knowing this, I make sure to get my clothes, shoes, earphones out and ready on the night before.
- Visualisation – Just before nodding off, I picture myself at the end of the Sunday run – sweaty, sore, tired…but elated and fueled with endorphins.
I’m happy to report that I had a fantastic Sunday run this morning! Now to work on my Monday motivation…