Hi guys! Just popping in with a tip that sometimes reframing/changing your mentality about something makes all the difference. 🙂 I was reminded of this a few days ago and thought it might be helpful to share!
As you guys know, we spent the holidays this year in Pittsburgh area with Matt’s family. On the 23rd, Matt met up with some high school friends for a late afternoon pick up soccer game. He wasn’t sure the game was going to happen and we were going to go for a run together if it didn’t, so when I first found out it was happening, I was like: “Boo, I wish you could come running with me – I want to run but don’t want to go by myself.”
As is probably obvious since I always run with others, I have a hard time motivating to run by myself, especially when it’s afternoon or evening. But, I’m working on not having to rely on others to do my thing (and not having to have others there for something to be fun) and instead decided to frame it as some nice solo, refreshing “me time.”
So – I rode down to the soccer spot with Matt (it’s in a nice flat area of town, good for running) and then fired up a podcast (This American Life – love it) and took myself on a nice solo run date.
And guess what? It actually ended up being awesome! I didn’t wear my watch but I ran for a bit over an hour and I’m pretty sure I covered close to 6.5 miles – wow. Pretty much the second I started running it felt really good – and I actually really enjoyed the time to myself, too. What a nice surprise and a good reminder that sometimes the hardest part is just getting out there – and that changing the way you’re approaching something in the first place is also huge.
So – the next time you’re struggling to do a workout, whether it’s because you’re alone or just generally unmotivated, try a simple mentality re-frame. So rather than thinking “boo, a boring run/workout”, or “Ugh, I HAVE to do this” – try “oh yay, I GET to do this – I’m exited to have the opportunity to refresh and have some nice de-stressing time.” 🙂
Can anyone relate to this? I’d love to hear if you’ve had similar experiences lately – or if you try this after reading about it here!