I honestly and truly can’t believe this was technically a short week, with the holiday on Monday. Has it dragged and dragged for you?
The gloomy weather definitely hasn’t helped matters, and it’s even been difficult for me, crazy morning person, to tear myself out of bed for the usual early morning runs. Motivation seems to be taking a little winter vacation, and I have a strong urge to hibernate until it comes back (or until it becomes mid-April and spring-like outside).
Luckily I’m recognizing this little motivation problem early on – after all, it’s only January and homegirl needs to get hyped up for a long couple months of school, marathon training, work, overall life living and fun having!
6 miles with Megan improved my mood 100% on Thursday morning – good conversation and endorphins with running buddies is an excellent motivator.
Breakfast was Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes and Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon with a healthy topping of berries and almond milk.
I’ll just brush over the fact that the subways have been a mess all week and have made me late for work (again begging the question – “whyyy did I get out of bed??”)
Looking forward to lunch motivated me to get through the morning. Overnight oats with Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter, almond milk, Greek yogurt, cinnamon and sliced pear.
Dinner was a mix of lentils, brown rice, barley, vegetables and some leftovers from Tuesdays potluck.
Usually, planning and scheduling can help get me out of a motivational funk, and knowing that this craptastic winter we’ve got going on is only temporary (hear that? It will END, I promise!!) definitely helps too. Here are my favorite things to plan that get me motivated:
- Future trips – Eugene, Napa, LA and Boston are all on the agenda this spring/early summer!
- Next week’s/month’s running – I love playing with my training plan like a true running nerd
- Plans with friends – duh!
- Bikram yoga class – keeps me calm and centered
- New dishes to cook/bake
- Study schedules (yep, it’s that time again!)
Having things to look forward to makes all the difference to me, and hopefully I’ll be so busy planning and doing these things to let the winter blahs get to me for much longer.
This morning I mixed things up and had a great cross training session at the gym as the snow fell outside (again) with 30 minutes on the spin bike, 30 minutes elliptical, some lifting, core work and stretching.
I’m hoping the workday is uneventful so I can brainstorm how to stay warm during tomorrow’s half marathon (15 degrees!). I didn’t shave my legs this morning to help me retain heat…I guess that’s a start, right?
Question: Are you feeling the winter blahs? How do you squash them?