Get Out There and Run

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Today, I had an easy 2-mile run on my training calendar. After logging 14 long miles yesterday, the last thing I wanted to do was run, but I knew that a “shake out” run was just what I needed to loosen up my tight, stiff legs. Some days the goal is just to get out there and run– just like Mal’s Road ID says:


He constantly struggles with his motivation to run”” mostly because he doesn’t really like it. (I know, right? Why can’t someone like me, who loves running, have his amazing running abilities!?)

On the days when I’m just not motivated to run, here’s what I do:

  • Just Do It. On the days when I’m just not feeling a run, the hardest part is usually changing into my running clothes and physically getting myself out the door. Instead of thinking about the run too much, I just do it. My brain goes on auto-drive: I get dressed, throw on my sneakers, walk out my front door, and start running. Often times, I don’t even bother with my Garmin or other running gear. I just do it.
  • Set My Alarm Clock. Similar to the tip above, setting my alarm clock for an early morning run gets me out the door and running. I’m usually half awake, so getting dressed and starting my run happens without much thought. Plus, if I put off my run until the afternoon or evening, I’m more likely to skip it.
  • Explore My Neighborhood. I typically run the same few routes near my house, so after awhile, they’re not as exciting to me. When I feel blah about a run, I create a new route on MapMyRun or randomly explore side streets on my run. Exploring my neighborhood always seems to keep things interesting!
  • Keep It Short. I tell myself to run to the end of my street and back. If I’m really not feeling a run, I only wasted about 10 minutes”” and 10 minutes is better than nothing, right? Usually, when I get to the end of my street, I realize that running a little bit more won’t kill me, so I end up continuing on.
  • Make It a Run-Walk. There’s no rule that says I have to run for my entire workout. When I’m not in the mood to run, I take walk breaks in between running intervals. I like to alternate 5 minutes of running with 2-3 minutes of walking. Doing this mixes up the workout and gives it some variety, which keeps me motivated.
  • Run a 5K Race. When running seems dull, I spice up my workout by challenging myself to a 5K race in my own neighborhood. After mapping out 3.1 miles, I warm up and then run the route just like I would a regular 5K. Thinking about my run as a race definitely spices things up!
  • Make Yourself Feel Guilty. This is Mal’s tip for getting out there and running. When he wants to skip a run, he makes himself feel guilty about it. He’s currently training for the Bay State Half Marathon and following a Hal Hidgon plan, so he knows that each run counts toward his goal. If he wants to skip one of his scheduled workouts, a little guilt trip gets him out the door.


For lunch this afternoon, I ate Overnight Oats in a Jar. They’re not just for breakfast! In the mix: oats, banana slices, vanilla soy milk, chia seeds, and walnuts. As always, they were delicious and satisfying.

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I spent the next couple of hours working, and then took a break to join Mal and Murphy outside for a beverage in our backyard. (We’re kind of obsessed with hanging out in our backyard and sitting in our Adirondack chairs. We do it a lot.)

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I made myself a Skinny Piña Colada minus the rum, so I guess it wasn’t a piña colada at all”” just coconut water, pineapple juice, and ice. It was still delicious, but, obviously, not as fun.

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The pug was exhausted from lounging around the house all day.

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His life is so hard.

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As soon as Murphy realized that I picked a couple of cherry tomatoes from our garden, he woke right up. He doesn’t even like tomatoes, but any sort of food gets his attention. This dog is totally motivated by food! 

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That was a nice little break, but now it’s back to work!



    1. I was going to say the same thing. Once I’m out the door, I’m usually golden. It’s actually GETTING out the door that’s the hard part!

  1. Great tips– especially about creating for yourself a 5K race to run! I did that once when I only had 30 minutes at the gym, and kind of forgot about doing it again! Thanks again for the reminder!:)

  2. I love that – “Get out there and run” is like my life motto. I don’t struggle with motivation but it still applies – whatever life hands me, I know that a nice run can make everything better 🙂

  3. I do the guilt trip thing, just like Mal. I plan all my runs and put them in a calendar, so I know if I don’t run I have to write in my calendar why I skipped it. I don’t like doing that!

    I love your pink heart water bottle! It’s so cute!

  4. Loved your running tips! I’m training for a half marathon run right now and with the hot and humid weather that we’ve been having, it’s been tough. I feel like all the energy is drained from me. About the feeling guilty part, my boyfriend does a good job with making me feel that way! 😉

  5. I definitely do the walk-run approach on days I don’t feel like doing it.

    P.s. why does Mal do the running thing if he doesn’t even like it? Is there another activity he’d enjoy doing instead? Just wondering 😉

    I love the idea of oats for lunch!!!

  6. Why does Mal keep running?

    I’m really interested in why people keep running even when they don’t really like it. Mostly because I think I really kinda hate running, but I feel like I *should* because it is what a “healthy” person does. Silly. I really just need to accept that I do not like to run. And do need to be healthy.

  7. Love the tips. And like the other comments, the “Just do it” seems to work the best for me. As soon as I’m out the door and down the street, there’s no turning back. 🙂 Murphy is the cutest!!!!

  8. Keeping it short is such good advice. I need to be better about doing that when I’m dreading a run. I think always having my running stuff ready helps prevent me from being super lazy. If I’m unorganized I start to think that the time it takes me to get ready for a run isn’t even worth a 10 minute run.

  9. first of all, the dog’s adorable. secondly, thanks for constantly bringing food and running into the same breath. they are so indelibly intertwined. has given me instructions on both but without things like this i feel like people will do the run and eat a big mac routine that used to be my life. thanks for making it easy.

    1. @Erica: Oh yes, it’s definitely a Pug thing – Alouysius is just the same. He can be totally snoozing on the couch…snoring and all…and if my husband opens the cupboard where his treats are, he immediately transports himself to Mick’s side and looks sad.

  10. I got out there and ran today, and it was one of those days were every step/breath was hard. I ran at 8:00 AM, and it’s just not early enough. It’s like breathing fire. Just when I thought my knee was healed it started hurting after 2 miles. Better take it easy!
    It’s supposed to be in the 108-109 all week. My car thermometer read 113 today at 2:00 PM.

    I tried your skinny pina! It’s yummy!

  11. I love the motivational tips! If I ever don’t feel like getting out there, I usually hop on Twitter or get into my Google Reader for a few minutes. Inevitably, someone else has already done a run or workout for the day and posted about it, so that motivates me to get out and do the same!

  12. Hi Tina! Your ‘Get out there and run’ tips are great. I set my alarm for early morning workouts and I have my gym clothes all readynfor me as WELL as what I plan to wear to work…. So I know after the run I don’t have to do an early morning fashion show that will make me late haha… It also helps if I have my breakfast and lunch all ready to go as well.

    My boyfriend has the same mentality when it comes to running as Mal! He is so athletic and a very talented runner but does it purely to either entertain me and encourage me with my own training, or to join a group of friends in a race for both the social and competetive aspect. He does Jiu Jitsu so that is really his thing.

  13. I’m the same way with my workouts, just do it! It’s seriously the only way to get up and get moving sometimes. Usually once I get my workout clothes on I’m good to go…I feel a little dumb lounging around in my gym clothes without getting at least a little workout in.

  14. This post could not have come at a more perfect time. After working up to 3 miles this summer and finally running a 5k+ mud run, I have majorly slacked off in the running department.

    Now I need to work back up to running, but have been majorly lacking in the motivation department. Thanks again!

  15. hahaha~my fiance has 2 cats, and one of them is super ginormous!! He just loves…to eat…too much! 😛 But if his food is out and it’s only been a few minutes, he starts whining and we always tease him saying “life is so haaahhhhdd in C-9″(that’s his apt.#)

  16. I like the ‘just do it’ and explore ideas. Don’t like the guilt trip one so much, ouch, not so good for ya. Just do it is the greatest slogan ever though, thanks Nike! 🙂

  17. I have a couple of methods to get myself to “run”.

    First of all, I do run/walk intervals. The idea of running for 20 minutes solid terrifies me and makes me sick to my stomach!

    I also guilt trip myself. I know that I won’t meet my goals if I don’t do it. Plus, when Chris gets home and asked if I worked out I feel like a lazy bum if I say no.

    Finally, I tell myself just get on the treadmill for 10 minutes and then I can quit. I actually did this yesterday. I told myself to just get in 10 minutes, but once I was on there it wasn’t so bad so I just kept going until 20 minutes were up. It definitely helps if I have a good magazine and my iPod loaded up–I totally lose track of how much time I have left!

  18. You are soooo lucky that Murphy’s not into the cherry tomatoes. We have had to put fences around our veggie gardens to keep the dogs out and they still eat the tomatoes that grow through the gaps. We’ve even caught them sticking a tongue through the gaps to pull a cherry tomato out!

  19. I share the same sentiment, whenever I feel like I’m not even moved to exercise, I just start and do it. Overcoming that emotion is the hardest, but once you start doing it, it really feels so much better and a lot easier than before.

  20. Thanks for the tips, Tina! I’m supposed to be training for a half marathon, but I hate waking up early to beat the heat. You just motivated me.

    P.S. I found NuVal labels at one of our local grocery stores. This is the first time I have seen them other than from your blog. I think it’s fantastic!

  21. fantastic post! I was feeling incredibly unmotivated to run this evening, especially after my long run this weekend. Your post helped nip that laziness in the bud! Thanks for the great tips!

  22. I’m not a dog person @all but Murphy is so freakin cute! Great tips, and looks like we were on the same wavelength- I put up a similar post yesterday with tips for bouncing back into an exercise routine after time-off!

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