I have a confession for all of you: After my marathon fail, I fell into a period of doubting my fitness levels. Don’t get me wrong, 16.5 miles is really good, but when you’re supposed to be completing 26.2, it’s a bit….disappointing. And by a bit, I mean it’s kind of like being kicked in the stomach.
After the race, my drive to work out was at a steady zero. I lacked motivation, which kind of surprised me, because I thought for sure I would be all — YOU CAN DO THIS! 26.2 IS CALLING YOU! START NOW! Except I was more like…well, let me just take a walk around the block and check the workout box for today. And that was if I even left the house! You guys, it was bad. Physically I wanted to be there SO BADLY, but mentally I was out to lunch.
A couple weeks went by before I really felt “all in” again and a couple more weeks went by before I was back to enjoying working out again. During this time, I realized that I had officially entered a fitness rut. I needed help! Today, I’m sharing a couple things I did to pull myself out of that funk in hopes that it might help some of you reading 🙂 Be sure to read to the end because there’s a fun surprise waiting!
So let’s get started…
1. Music. It’s amazing to me what music can do and for me, music is so important when it comes to working out. I mean, if I get to the gym and realize I’ve forgotten my headphones, I don’t even turn the car off. I’m already driving back home to get them and..most likely…forfeiting a gym workout for running outside. Here’s the thing – music gives me life. I need it to get shit done. Workouts, house cleaning, driving…you see where this is going. It just makes me feel good and want to accomplish things. Do I sound like a crazy person or do you get it?
Anyway, I went through all my old music off hard drives that I didn’t even know existed anymore to pull songs for new playlists. I had been listening to the same 300 tracks on loop for MORE THAN A YEAR. That just wasn’t doing it for my anymore, so I created multiple playlists, all in varying lengths to inspire me. I’m sharing one of my favorites below. Fair warning – my music tastes are ALL OVER THE PLACE! Seriously – I’ll let you have a look for yourself…
2. Routine. For so long, I was in the same routine – get up, drink coffee, RUN, go to work/go about my day. After the marathon, I dreaded my coffee, because that meant it was time to workout. This HAD to stop. I had to break the routine, because I was starting to do myself a disservice by continuing it. Usually routines have the opposite effect, but in this particular instance, I was just plain tired. I had to do something different. I signed up for kickboxing, spin and full body exercise classes for different types of cardio at all different times of the day, I upped the ante with weights and I began running with our dogs to break the cycle of mindless endurance training. It sounds so simple, but IT WORKED!
3. New clothes. People, I had been training in the same clothes for a year. I know that doesn’t sound like a long time, but when you’re sweating in them for up to 4 hours every day – they’re gross! That’s the bottom line. One of the ways I motivated myself to get back to it was with new clothing. I know how that sounds – but putting something new on got me excited again. In this process, I discovered Duluth Trading Co. They specialize in durable outdoor gear, no matter where life’s adventures take you. I like them because regardless of if I’m hiking with Dane, running with the dogs or heading to a spin class – I know their gear has me covered. The key word with them is durable. You’ll notice that much of their site is geared toward outdoorsy, cooler weather wear, but I’m hooked on their Cooling Tanks for high cardio activity (hello wicking) and NoGa Gear for family adventures like hiking. Aside from workout clothes and outdoor gear, Duluth Trading also offers casual wear and accessories for both men and women. There’s even a section for pet gear, which I LOVE!
And a quick note about their headbands – THEY DON’T MOVE! I have a larger-than-average head and usually struggle to keep headbands locked in place without serious effort. Who has time for that when they’re getting their groove on? Not me. The first time I tested it out, I was prepared to have to adjust it before my class even started. I remember walking out thinking – this headband is so snug on my head I hope it doesn’t leave an imprint!! Yep – you are all set with these bad boys.
While I was telling the folks at Duluth Trading how much I loved their stuff, they very generously offered to host a giveaway here! I have not one, not two, but THREE $100 GIFT CARDS to give to three lucky winners! How fun is that?! Simply follow the directions below and winners will be selected next week!
Have you ever been in a workout rut? How did you get back on track?