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Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Running | 6 comments

5 Things I Tell Myself to Make Myself Run

No matter how much you love running, there are those days that you just don’t feel like lacing up your shoes and taking that first step. We all have ’em. I go through a lot of fitness phases where I fall in love with different forms of exercise, but I always go back to running – it is my true love. But despite my deep love for the sport, I still sometimes find myself feeling less than motivated to clock in some miles on occasion- Especially now that we live in Georgia, where all my runs immediately start with running up a steep hill. Nothing like starting on a serious incline to wake your body up, right?


Today, I thought I would share some things I regularly tell myself on those days that I’m just not feeling motivated to run.


  1. I’ll probably regret not running, but I never regret a run, even if it is an ugly one.
  2. I don’t have to run fast, I just have to move my legs. ← I usually find that 1 or 2 miles into my run, my body wakes up and I do actually want to try and run faster.
  3. I don’t have to run far. I’ll run 3 miles and if I’m not feeling it, I’ll stop. ← Some days I’m really not feeling it, so I DO stop at 3 miles, but there are a lot of days that I get in my groove and I keep going.
  4. Will I get another break from the kids today, or will this be my only alone time? Oh yeah, this will definitely be my only alone time. *insert sound of my Garmin starting here*
  5. I visualize finishing the run. I know, this sounds so cheesy. But it works for me. I visualize myself running by my house and clicking my Garmin off and pausing my music and catching my breath while soaking up those post-run endorphins. Try it.


I got my running tank at the Saks off 5th outlet (it was like, less than $15), but I found a similar one on Etsy for all my running buddies who may be interested! The Etsy shop actually lets you pick your tank color too, which is neat!

What do you tell yourself to get motivated to run (or exercise)? Share in the comments below! 🙂


  1. Right there with you! I usually tell myself 10 minutes and if I’m still not feeling it, then I stop and it’s ok. I do aim for 30 minutes or so if I can!

    • It’s just something about removing the pressure that makes the run more enjoyable, right? 😉

  2. Aww man not like I need anymore tanks but its so cute! Now which color to get?! So many choices!

    New workout gear always motivates me!

    • Haha – get it in a few colors! 😉

      And I’m with you – new workout gear is the easiest way to motivate me to get movin’

  3. What a cute tank! New clothes are always a good source of motivation. 😉

    I often go the route of ‘tricking’ myself into running by telling myself I’ll just a do a mile or 2 and see how I feel. Of course once I get going, I’m usually going to continue. A new podcast, audio book or playlist is also good motivation!
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    • A new playlist is a wonderful source of motivation for me too! Love the idea of an audio book too!

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