Get Running and Feel Better Today!

One of the areas that a lot of people struggle with is having the motivation to run consistently.

You may have planned a run, and even promised yourself that you are going to do it. However, as the time comes closer, you change your mind and just don’t feel like it.

So what I’m going to do today is help you to get running on days when going out for that run feels like a chore.

Now the first thing to realise is that there are going to be days when you don’t feel like running and it’s a real struggle to get motivated to run. It happens to everyone and I’ve experienced this myself many times over the years.

So the question is… How do we get over it and get running?

The good news is that there are many ways to get more motivated and give yourself that extra push to get running even when your motivation has gone. I’m going to explain one of those ways for you today.

So firstly, think about the type of thoughts that you have on days when you don’t feel like running.

For most people, it’s usually things like…

  • "I feel too tired today"
  • "I don’t really feel like it right now"
  • "I haven’t got much time today"
  • "What’s the point I’m not losing weight / getting fitter / getting healthier / looking any better?"
  • "I will run tomorrow instead" (Does this actually happen?)

Can you see how all these thoughts come from a negative mindset?

It’s thinking more in terms of excuses and negative thinking, and this makes it a LOT less likely that you’re actually going to get out for your run.

Like I said before, everyone does it, it’s just that some people do it more than others.

So rather than thinking about reasons not to run, and reasons why you can’t run, there are two great things you can do instead.

1. Think about how you will feel if you DON’T run

The first question to ask yourself is, "What if I don’t run today?"

What are you going to feel like if you don’t do your run today?

The chances are you are going to feel a bit disappointed with yourself and think things like "Maybe I should have gone" or "Why didn’t I do it?"

You will also probably feel a bit down, knowing that you’ve wasted another day where you could have run and taken another step towards losing weight and improving your health, fitness, and body.

So when you don’t go for your run, it usually keeps you in a negative frame of mind for ALL of the day…

You haven’t got anywhere. You haven’t achieved anything with your running. But you know you could have!

2. Think about how you will feel if you DO run

The next question to ask yourself is, "What if I do run today?"

What are you going to feel like if you get out there and you do your run today?

Well, the chances are that you are going to complete your run and you’ll feel a lot better about yourself. You’ll also have more energy and feel better for the rest of the day.

You will feel so glad that you did your run because you know what?

You didn’t feel like doing your run that day but you did it anyway, and you’ll know that you have taken another step closer to the weight, health, fitness, and body that you want.

You have overcome that little voice in your head that holds you back, and now you can enjoy the rest of the day feeling positive and knowing that you’ve achieved something.

You always feel better after a run

After running for many years, I can say that I ALWAYS come back from a run feeling a lot better and happier with myself than I did before. It always feels great knowing that I’ve actually gone out there and done it.

I might go out feeling tired and feeling a bit negative and thinking "I don’t really want to run today", but I always come back feeling much more alive and it’s like starting the day again!

So you might not feel like running and feel a bit negative about it, but when you do your run you’ll often feel a lot better, and it will turn your whole day around.

You don’t spend the whole day in a negative frame of mind. Instead you push yourself to do your run, and then you spend the rest of the day feeling much more positive.

You can do it as well!

On days when you don’t feel like running try not to make excuses and stay in that negative mindset.

Instead remind yourself that if you don’t run then you’re not going to feel very good about yourself and that feeling is just going to carry on through the rest of the day.

Also remember that if you DO run, then it’s going to make you feel more alive and it’s going to turn your day around. You can now feel good about yourself for the rest of the day.

Your run will also move you towards your goals. That’s another step closer towards the health, fitness, and body that you want.

So get running and feel better today!

What about you?

I would love to hear your comments about what I have talked about here.

  • What kind of thoughts do you have that can stop you from running? (For example, feeling tired, lacking time, not getting results, will run tomorrow, etc)
  • How do you overcome these thoughts and get running?
  • Do you feel better after a run?

Please add your comments below and help others by sharing your experiences.


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5 Responses to Get Running and Feel Better Today!

  1. Michelle Brooks says:

    Wcll…there are days I plan to run and do not feel up to doing it because I feel I am pushing myself too hard. I think to myself that not everyone is intended to be a runner, I am too old to become a runner, I can always just walk. THEN, I WILL ACTUALLY JUST GET OUT THERE AND REALIZE THAT 80% OF MY EFFORT IS JUST SHOWING UP. I also consider the fact that building the body, running skills, and confidence is one run at a time.

  2. Nicoleta says:

    Hello everyone! I have followed James for a long time now and thanks to him I lost weight and got serious about running and health. He has given me and I am sure many, many others soooo much.

    Can we see if we can give a little back?

    How about a monthly nominal amount we feel thankful for so that he can be repaid for his kindness, selflessness, guidance, encouragement, helpfulness. I am not working at this time but I would gladly set up my credit card to give $1 $2 a month to properly say “James, thank you!” What he does for me is worth at least this much a month.

    If you think the same reply to his email and let him know. I am sure he can find a way for us to drop our thanks monthly. He deserves some monthly financial stability for all he does here, yes?

  3. Doll Rosati says:

    Hi James.
    I have read and admired you for your writing, helping people with weight loss, gaining confidence and running. Never look on the negative side. Always look positive. You are right. One should have a positive mind and focus on one’s goal; that is to loose weight, and gain strength and confidence. Take it one day at a time and say to yourself, Yes I can do it. I am a Marathon runner. If you have the will power you can do it. What ever the weather might be you can do it and feel better about yourself. I always look forward to my run. Look at it as if you are going to work; you have to be there. Think of running like that and you can make a difference in your life. You will feel better, have a positive mind, gain confidence and loose weight. Thank you James. You rock, and make a difference in people’s lives. Doll

  4. James says:

    Thank you for your great comments.

    A lot of people have the same experiences as you Michelle. Showing up for their run is often one of the hardest parts for many people. Once they get running they can do their run and then feel much better afterwards.

    And yes I agree Doll that it can be good to look at running as something that you have to be there for. The benefits that you get from running are important and they can make a huge difference to your life. So it’s good to try and see running as something that you ARE doing, rather than something that you might do if you feel like it.

    Keep up the good running everyone!

  5. Sarah Pilling says:

    There are days when I really struggle going for a run but once I go I feel a lot better for doing it. I do get frustrated that I feel like I take one step forward and two steps back. How do I feel more positive when running to stop me feel like I can’t go on any further? I would welcome any tips as I really committed to improving my running.