DON’T DE­LAY

Strate­gies to cope with those dif­fi­cult mo­ments when you strug­gle to get out the door

Runner's World (UK) - - Body + Mind -

WE LOVE TO RUN, but some­times get­ting go­ing feels tough. We put it off in the morn­ing, re­solve to do it at noon and put it off again. And then again. Get­ting out the door even when you don’t want to might be one of the hall­marks of the se­ri­ous run­ner, but once in a while even the most com­mit­ted among us has the urge to give in to in­er­tia. For those times when you need to run but can’t find the gump­tion, here is what some top run­ners do to over­come rou­tine pro­cras­ti­na­tion.

Make a date

Hold­ing your­self ac­count­able to an­other run­ner is the sin­gle most pop­u­lar tac­tic for en­sur­ing a daily work­out. Even if you’re the only one show­ing up, set­ting a spe­cific time for your run will keep you from wait­ing for the spirit to move you out onto the road.

Don’t think

Set your­self up to make the run as non-de­lib­er­a­tive as pos­si­ble. Don’t think too much about the choices in­volved – eg route, pace etc – un­til you are kit­ted up and ready to go.

In­vest it with im­por­tance

Con­vince your­self that to­day’s run is es­sen­tial to achiev­ing your goal, even if the work­out in question is an easy five-miler. Bet­ter still, con­sider the typ­i­cally de­layed run a test of your will and self-con­trol.

And if you still don’t fancy it

If all these strate­gies don’t work, it might ac­tu­ally be wise to skip the run. Frank Part­noy, author of Wait: The Art and Science of De­lay (Publi­caf­fairs), be­lieves that run­ners – and he is one – some­times are wise to hold off a lit­tle if the thought of run­ning evokes a feel­ing of dread. De­lay­ing is a form of lis­ten­ing to your body, he ar­gues, and wait­ing al­lows you to as­sess more feed­back and may lead you to a wiser de­ci­sion.

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