It is probably the hardest part about running, just getting out the door. Finding the motivation is difficult. There are always things that you can make a priority. The dishes, that spot on the floor that’s been there for the past year, or laundry.  All can be reason to keep you from going for a run.

But it has been nagging at you. There is something that is just wanting you to run. For you to do something instead of eating Cheez-its on the couch while binge watching the latest episode of House of Cards.

At some point, you just need to get out the door. It doesn’t matter if you are completely prepared. Maybe you feel like you don’t have the right clothing or that your iPod playlist isn’t ready. Those are just excuses.

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Put on a pair of athletic shoes, they don’t have to be the latest pair of Mizuno’s that came out on the market a month ago. They can be a pair that you bought, a while back, in anticipation of running. They can be a pair that you use to mow the lawn in. It doesn’t matter, just get out the door and run.

Once you open the door, just start running. You don’t need to have a predetermined course. Just follow the sidewalk, the road, or the trail. It really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you get out the door.

You don’t have to run for a set amount of time either.  Maybe you want to start slow with 5 or 10 minutes.  Again, all that matter is that you get out the door.

Getting out the door was the hardest part for me. It took me nearly 4 years from the moment that the doctor told me I needed to do something with my health to when I actually made it happen. It took me stepping on the scale and being 25 pounds heavier than I wanted to be.

I looked down at my son, I wanted to be there for the long haul for him. That was my motivation.

It doesn’t matter where your motivation comes from. Just get out the door. It seems counter-intuitive but you will feel better the moment you step back in from your run.  You WILL have more energy.  You will feel accomplished.  You will feel like you can conquer the world.

Find your motivation ad get out that door.

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  1. Gary Mathews April 4, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    I don’t run, but I walk daily I was told four years ago to cut the weight down. I got down to a “healthy” weight, tack on the stress of divorce and now I’m down to my high school weight. Children are the greatest motivators for all of our actions.

    1. The Rookie Dad April 6, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      That they are. Congrats on getting down to your high school weight. I am looking forward to the day when I can say that.


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