There’s a horrible thing that happens to runners.
It can happen at any time.
When you’re happily going about your day, when you wake up, when you’re making yourself a ham and cheese sandwich, or even in the middle of a run.
I like to call it the ‘Nope Syndrome’.
You wake up in the morning all ready to go for your big run. Nope.
You’ve been running for 10 minutes. All of a sudden... Nope!
It’s too cold. I’m too tired. Australia’s Got Talent is on. Nope, nope, nope.
Oh hey, whaddaya know? It’s the end of the week and you haven’t been for a run at all.
I suffered big time with Nope Syndrome this week.
It can be hard to keep up motivation sometimes. Even for someone with ridiculous enthusiasm, sometimes even I would rather just stay in bed and play Diner Dash.
Or paint my nails and watch The Walking Dead. Or squirt whipped cream directly into my mouth.
But I think it’s times like these when we need to open our bag of running motivation tricks and draw upon two things.
The first thing, which worked well for me this week, is your friends or family.
Organise a run with them, and even if you do spend more time gossiping than actually running, at least you did something active.
The other thing that you can whip out when you’re feeling like a lazy bones is inspiration.
Find the things that inspire you to run and remember the reasons that you’ve committed to running.
For me, I feel inspired when I think about how much my health, mind and backside benefits from physical exercise. I especially feel inspired when I think about Run Ballarat and the awesome cause it is raising money for.
Last week I visited the Ballarat Base Hospital children’s ward for a tour with the Run Ballarat crew and Run Champions from other corporate sponsors, like The Courier.
Now I don’t want to get all soppy on you, but seriously, this is a cause that will truly benefit from the funds we raise.
To help even just a little bit with upgrading the facilities, adapting the area so it’s more child-friendly and creating more space and options for helping sick children in the whole Ballarat region is enough to inspire me.
Running Ballarat is an amazing way to show we are truly grateful for our own health, to nurture our health and not take it for granted, and at the same time we are helping young people who need hospital care to become healthy, too.
With that in mind, I’ve already lost one week to the Nope, so with only three weeks left ‘til Run Ballarat, it will be only be yes, yes, yes from now on!
What inspires you to run? Comment below and let me know.