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Friday 5: Five Ways to Stay Motivated

Hey, Fools! Alex and I are still soaking up some Southern comfort (SoCo or otherwise, lol); jury’s still out as to whether or not we will be dragged back to Chicago. I’m linking up with Jill for Five Things Friday and for the Friday 5 with the DC Trifecta–I know, I know, the theme this week is What’s in Your Gym Bag. Well, I don’t have a gym bag–all I have is what I bring with me mentally. And sometimes, that is quite lacking. Consequently, I am so happy to have my fellow Southern Belle Carson filling in for me today, as I did for her last Friday! Today Carson is going to talk about strategies for re-lighting that fire–whether it be running, lifting, or competitive jungle-gym-ing. 

Hello, friends of Susie!  My name is Carson and I ramble over at RunningSouthern.com.  While Sus is off somewhere being awesome, she asked me to step in and share just a tidbit of my knowledge with you guys.

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As someone who has been a lover of the sport of running for years, I am the first person to say that sometimes my motivation falls by the wayside.  Let’s be honest, like a fine diamond, everything loses its sparkle from time to time and has to be buffered a little bit.  Running is no different.  Here are a few ways to rekindle the romance and keep that spark alive.

5 Ways to Stay Motivated

1.  Find a new place to run.  I am all about mixing it up.  If you are used to running in your neighborhood, go downtown and run the streets (just don’t get hit by a car).  If you are a trail runner, find a neighborhood with sidewalks to explore.  One of those people who can run for hours on the treadmill?  Well bless your heart, get outside and run those trails.  A simple change in scenery can do wonders for your boredom and give you reason to get out the door.

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2.  Implement some cross training.  The best thing I ever did for myself was when I started to implement cross training into my running routine.  If you plan your workouts, then you know that seeing xx miles on varying days each and every week can get repetitive and boring.  Adding a speed workout, group fitness class, or weight lifting cycle into that routine can break up the boring, allowing you to try something new.  This also has the double benefit to improve your running through making you stronger.  And who out there can honestly say that they don’t want to run faster? (Not me).

3.  Buy a new outfit.  Trivial as it may seem, this actually works for me.  As a self-proclaimed clothes horse, having something new and cute to run in will do it for me almost every time.  Not just because I love a new outfit, but because if I spend my hard earned money on it, then I want to get my money’s worth out of it.  Having a new article of clothing hanging in the closet with the tags for an extended amount of time is a waste.  Dollars thrown in the trash.  Get sweaty in that new outfit! (Then take a selfie and post it all over Insta).

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4.  Sign up for a race.  So I have already confessed how cheap I am, so obviously paying to run a race and then not preparing adequately for it is a no-no for me.  Once I drop those Benjamins, you better believe I am gonna be training my heart out to make sure I get a return on my investment.  But let’s also not forget that we live in the age of technology.  And while you might forget every detail of the training runs and the race itself, your race time while live on forever in the interwebs.  Staying on that training plan just got a little more important.

5.  Run with a buddy.  Something about running with another person makes the time fly for me.  I forget about my pace and just enjoy the friend time.  The running community is so awesome at supporting each other, that finding a friend, colleague, or running group to throw down some miles with is relatively easy.  I personally have a few friends that I run with, but I run the most with my mom, who is an excellent running buddy.  I also like to run with Bentley and Scotty, my German shepherds (and occasionally my husband), who are pretty great running buddies, as well.

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How do you stay motivated?

Who is your favorite person to workout with?

Anyone else love to run with their animals?

Super big thanks to Sus for letting me take over today!

How to connect with Carson: Blog: http://runningsouthern.com

Twitter: @RunningSouthern

Facebook: RunningSouthern

Instagram: RunningSouthern

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115989974562047562895

Thank you SO MUCH Carson and ladies of the DC Trifecta (Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia)

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54 Comments

  • Reply Heather @ PrettyHealthyMostoftheTime

    I just posted about how I’m the only person who doesn’t like to run but I want to like it. I need to take your advice and mix things up! I’m not sure about signing up for a race yet but a change of scenery would be nice! Do you run with your dogs on a normal leash? I’ve tried running with my golden retriever and he’s just too darn fast! Did you have to teach them your pace?
    Heather @ PrettyHealthyMostoftheTime recently posted…The Blogger/Runner CorrelationMy Profile

    May 30, 2014 at 6:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      With my dog, it took him about a month of running like 1-2x a week to figure it out, and I had a leash that created tension when he would pull, but after that I just had a normal leash. I don’t know about Carson, though.

      May 30, 2014 at 7:00 am
      • Reply Heather @ PrettyHealthyMostoftheTime

        I had a feeling part of the problem was my lack of patience 🙂 I also think it would help if I ran faster! If I lived anywhere near Chicago I would totally hire you to run with my dogs!
        Heather @ PrettyHealthyMostoftheTime recently posted…The Blogger/Runner CorrelationMy Profile

        May 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm
        • Reply suzlyfe

          And I gladly would!

          May 31, 2014 at 7:50 am
    • Reply Carson

      I run with my dogs on a prong collar. I realize these are very controversial, but these are the only collars that they do not pull with. And they know that when I put it on them that they have to go at my pace, so they never let it pinch them. I also like to run with both of them together on a coupler leash. My male dog likes to go slow and gets distracted trying to mark everything and my female dog runs way faster than me, but on the coupler they balance each other out.

      The biggest advice I could give you with running with dogs is that it takes a lot of time to get them trained. You really have to work with them to determine what works best for both of you. Running with them is my favorite because it truly is like running with a friend, and they love it so much. You just have to clean up that friend’s bowel movements on said run.
      Carson recently posted…Southern Running: Beating the HeatMy Profile

      May 30, 2014 at 10:43 am
      • Reply Heather @ PrettyHealthyMostoftheTime

        I used a prong collar with my older dog back in the day but he pulled the same and just walked around choking (dummy) Did it takes yours a while too? I need to try a coupler leash. Is it just one leash that breaks into two at the end? My dogs are the same as yours in that one wants to sprint and the other wants to PEE ON ALL THE THINGS! I always thought the double leash would double their power, but for running … it does sound like it would work!

        Your dogs are adorable by the way! (and the poop comment made me lol)

        Thanks so much for the advice!
        Heather @ PrettyHealthyMostoftheTime recently posted…The Blogger/Runner CorrelationMy Profile

        May 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm
        • Reply Carson

          Luckily, they learned very quickly with the prong collar and never really pull when they have it on (The only exception is if we are on the trails and they see a wild animal. Then they go crazy). The coupler connects to the end of a regular leash and splits so you have one leash connected to two collars. They love it and it makes it easier for me. However, it is twice the load, and I have two 80+ lb dogs, so if on the rare occasion they both pull in the same direction, I have to sit down to keep them from pulling me over.
          Carson recently posted…Take me to the coastMy Profile

          June 1, 2014 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    #3, 4 and 5. Buying an outfit always works for me! Running with a group is the best and signing up for a race always keeps me motivated. I have my first Ragnar is Sept so hopefully that will get me through the hot summer of training. #FridayFive
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…5 Essentials in My Gym BagMy Profile

    May 30, 2014 at 6:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love having a goal in front of me–a finish line both literally and figuratively

      May 30, 2014 at 6:59 am
    • Reply Carson

      Good luck with Ragnar! These races intimidate the mess out of me… but I am sure the knowledge of what is to come will get you through your summer training.
      Carson recently posted…Southern Running: Beating the HeatMy Profile

      May 30, 2014 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Hilary

    Anytime I have felt bored with running I take a break from it, this usually happens in the winter when change of scenery just doesn’t seem possible or worth it but I sure love your new outfit idea!
    Hilary recently posted…Crossfit Review!My Profile

    May 30, 2014 at 7:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, you gotta show off, right?

      May 30, 2014 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Laura @ the gluten-free treadmill

    Love these five tips – and my favorite is a new running outfit! I love trying out new gear!

    And Susie, enjoy the sun!
    Laura @ the gluten-free treadmill recently posted…A weight loss story, part twoMy Profile

    May 30, 2014 at 8:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Better believe it 😀

      May 30, 2014 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Aly

    I definitely stay motivated by signing up for races. I also like running with a group. I sometimes try and run with my do but he is little so gets tired and pulls wayyy to often! Walk are better!

    May 30, 2014 at 8:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aw, yeah, don’t run his little legs off!

      May 30, 2014 at 8:49 am
    • Reply Carson

      I also have little dogs, and when I try to run or walk with them, they lay down and won’t get up, so I have to carry them back to the car. All dogs aren’t made for running!
      Carson recently posted…Southern Running: Beating the HeatMy Profile

      May 30, 2014 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Michael Anderson

    Great list – I did a great run this week on one of my less frequent routes. It is a long one – more than 10.5 miles – so I needed to get moving quickly when I got up … but it totally got my mojo going!

    May 30, 2014 at 10:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It always feels so good to get up and going–afterwords, haha.

      May 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm
    • Reply Carson

      I am a firm believer in mixing things up, ESPECIALLY on longer runs. Doing the same ol’ thing just gets too boring.
      Carson recently posted…Take me to the coastMy Profile

      June 1, 2014 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    I’m jealous of your southern adventure, Susie! I hope you’re having a ball!

    These are great tips – I wish I had a big dog to run with…basically so he could pull me faster haha. Finding new places to run is incredibly motivating too because you’re constantly looking around and taking in the new sights. That way the run just flies by! It’s the best way to explore.
    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch recently posted…things i love friday: kiddie pools and tacos galoreMy Profile

    May 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ll returned tan and ready for hot yoga, blaze, the farmers market, and fish taco testing. PS I make awesome fish tacos. Just saying.

      May 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm
    • Reply Carson

      My pace is definitely faster when I run with them! It’s a win-win, for me and the dogs.
      Carson recently posted…Take me to the coastMy Profile

      June 1, 2014 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Mama Salt

    YAY Carson!!!! These are some fantastic tips. 🙂 I especially love the one about buying a new outfit because that is completely true for me. I went and did a little shopping last Friday and got a new top and shorts for my race Sunday and it definitely did give me a little extra kick in the pants. 🙂

    I HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING YOUR VACATION, SUZLOVE!!!

    May 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks! I am, but I’m ready for some of the comforts of home, like my kitty cat.

      May 31, 2014 at 7:53 am
    • Reply Carson

      You probably deserved a new outfit post-race, too. Rewards for running marathons! 🙂
      Carson recently posted…Take me to the coastMy Profile

      June 1, 2014 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    3 & 4 are what motivate me!! If I know I don’t have any races coming up I tend to slack off. If I set up a race schedule and know that I’ll get my practice to test it make me get out there and do my workouts. Plus a cute new outfit never hurts. 🙂
    Brianna @ I run He tris recently posted…I survivedMy Profile

    May 30, 2014 at 3:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, and what if you want to wear said new outfit in the race? You have to try it out, right??

      May 31, 2014 at 7:53 am
  • Reply Katie @glutes and ladders

    I never skip if I buy new gym gear. That’s probably why my closet is filled with the stuff.

    May 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that is a brilliant tradeoff.

      May 31, 2014 at 7:52 am
  • Reply AmyC

    I love working out with my husband! He’s always good company 🙂
    AmyC recently posted…Five Gym Bag Summer Must HavesMy Profile

    May 30, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just recently went for a run with my husband for the first time maybe ever and it was so so much fun.

      May 31, 2014 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Erin

    I LOOOOOVE THESE TIPS!! Carson you are wicked funny. I sometimes lack in the motivation department. I run and need to add cross training back into routine. I love number 1. I believe that is a BIG part in changing up your scenery when running.

    May 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve come to really look forward to my cross training days–sometimes it feels so good to “laze” on the spin bike. As sweat is pouring out.

      May 31, 2014 at 7:51 am
    • Reply Carson

      Thanks! Cross training is a love-hate. I love what it does for my running and occasionally love doing it, but mostly just hate doing it.
      Carson recently posted…Take me to the coastMy Profile

      June 1, 2014 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Kristen

    Buying new clothes totally keeps me motivated! Hey, if I have a new running shirt then I need to try it out, right? And I also think bright colors make me run faster 🙂
    Kristen recently posted…Friday Five: The Five Things In My Gym Bag!My Profile

    May 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well that is just science.

      May 31, 2014 at 7:50 am
  • Reply jill conyers

    Great tips! My favorite is to find new places to run. I also like to include trail runs in my training. It’s awesome to take a break from the roads.
    jill conyers recently posted…5 Things: Peace of Mind EditionMy Profile

    May 31, 2014 at 2:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is far better for your legs, too!

      May 31, 2014 at 7:49 am
  • Reply Mar on the Run!

    #3 and 4 are my downfall! LOL – but at least it keeps me motivated!
    Mar on the Run! recently posted…Friday Five: What’s In My Gym Bag?!My Profile

    May 31, 2014 at 1:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that you have to do what works for you, within reason (and as long as you can afford it!)

      June 1, 2014 at 6:31 am
  • Reply Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC

    thanks for linking up! awesome tips — i think for me, run with a buddy is #1. finding a buddy who is about the same pace and has similar goals is like hitting the runner jackpot 🙂
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Friday Five: Five Things in my Gym BagMy Profile

    May 31, 2014 at 8:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks for hosting! And oh, if I had that runner buddy….troooouuubbbllleeee.

      June 1, 2014 at 6:28 am
    • Reply Carson

      I agree! And then when you find that buddy, working out a schedule where you both can go at the same time can be a major frustration!
      Carson recently posted…Take me to the coastMy Profile

      June 1, 2014 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?!

    I love these five ways! Guess which one resonates with me? Yep, signing up for another race. Is it that obvious from my blog title? Doh! 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us Susie and Carson!

    May 31, 2014 at 8:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for hosting! Next time I’ll be a bit more on topic, but I really don’t have a gym bag!

      June 1, 2014 at 6:27 am
  • Reply Back to Business #MIMM #UltimateCoffeeDate | Suzlyfe

    […] you to the ladies that allowed me to invade their space for a bit, and also to thank Carson for guest posting for me last week and taking some pressure off my shoulders to pump something […]

    June 2, 2014 at 6:00 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Great tips! I loove getting new running outfits! They definitely get me motivated:)
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…Weekly Recap: Feeling GratefulMy Profile

    June 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Glad that you found them helpful LET”S GO SHOPPING!

      June 3, 2014 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    I love buying a new outfit… that always helps me! Also on days after work that I don’t want to run, knowing I have plans to run with a friend and catch up always makes it way better! Getting started is the hardest part 🙂
    Cassie recently posted…Pittsburgh Restaurant Round-UpMy Profile

    June 4, 2014 at 7:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That damn phrase that the hardest part of a run is getting out the door is all too true. Once I’m out there (usually), or once I’m done (if it isn’t a good run, regardless), I always feel better, and more accomplished. If it was a slog, at least I beat the slog!

      June 5, 2014 at 8:21 am
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