So far it's been easy to start the process of fundraising for the Komen Race for the Cure. It's also really fun to print out suggested training schedules and post them on the fridge. But actually getting up the oomph to run, especially in this heat and humidity, is a different story. How can we get motivated to turn off the TV and pound the pavement - or at least rev up the treadmill?
We suppose there is something to be said about the cause in and of itself motivating us to start running, but at the end of a long day, when all you want to do is immerse yourself in relaxation, that can be a less than driving force.
So far Kate's had numerous suggestions from friends as to how to get motivated to run. Most have included using a trip to the gym as an incentive. Instead of sitting and watching TV, run and watch TV at the gym. A really good idea was matching a workout to the breaks in a TV show. Run during the show, walk during commercials. (In the process, you find out just how long a TV show really is.)
Kate's thinking of trying a reward system, where each half hour workout equates to a treat of some sort. Simple? Yes. Effective? Maybe. However, with race day growing closer, donations starting to come in and the underlying reason for running the race always present, incentives are becoming less and less needed.
What motivates you to work out and get moving, even when you don't feel like it?