I work out. I hate it. I’m sure there are a lot of us out there. I recognize that exercise is a fact of life and something I will have to do forever if I value my health (I do) so I am always looking for ways to stay motivated. I’ve started doing my hardest workouts on Mondays. Not only my hardest workout of the week but the hardest workout I’ve ever done to date. Every Monday I set out to run farther or faster than I ever have before. There are a few reasons behind my madness. One being that I pretty much am always coming off a weekend of bingeing so not only do I have some extra calories to burn off I also have a few extra calories to fuel my workout. Also, I find that if I can hammer out a super difficult workout on Monday then I don’t spend the whole week thinking about how I should really “try harder” tomorrow when I work out.
I’ve never been one of those people who thinks I’ll stay motivated to work out if I sign up for a marathon or join a gym. I have always been able to motivate myself through achieving these small goals week after week. I use one of these Nike Sport Kits when I run honestly feel overjoyed when I cross that finish line and hear my time (or distance) through my headphones and hear Lance Armstrong come on and tell me I’m doing awesome. The whole idea of not quitting, pushing through when you feel like you can’t go on, and accomplishing something you never thought you could (or would) do is not only a great way to start off a week but a great perspective to keep when it comes to other parts of life.
Today I ran all the way up Soledad Mountain to the veterans monument at the top. Not the longest distance I’ve ever run but steep uphill the whole way and very difficult (at least it was for me) I made it to the top without stopping and was rewarded with an excellent view! Still a little cloudy in San Diego but felt great nonetheless. The rest of the week should be a cinch after that