I hope you had a motivating second week!  I really didn’t – I’ve found myself so busy . . . wait right there!  Excuses!  Yep, that’s all I have.  

So I am super motivated now to get back into it.  I noticed I am feeling the repercussions of not running as much (only 2 days in the past 7) because the past two days I’ve been more sluggish and craving a nap right around 2 or 3 in the afternoon.

Today, I leave you with a thought and some suggestions for the next week.  And I pinky promise I will run more, as long as you do it too!

Canopy-of-Rhodos

You are far enough in (if you have run the past two weeks) to be able to notice little things in yourself.  Notice little changes, notice how you feel, notice your mental attitude.  Do your muscles feel more engaged and ready to go?  Are you seemingly happier or more relaxed?  Do you notice your energy levels now?  Engage with yourself and you will be active in your decisions to run.  

Do not let running be a passing act or a reaction to something else, instead take note of its effects and let it become a part of you.  Let it stand on its own as an act, one that takes precedence in your life.  If you notice the things that happen to your body, mood and mind while in a running routine, accept those things and what you’ve accomplished so far, then use them to propel yourself to do more.

Beginning runners:

2 miles 3 days, 1.5 miles for 2-3 days and definitely take 1 day off.

More Experienced runners:

1 long run (longest yet), 1 tempo run of 20-30 minutes, 4 medium runs, 1 day off.

Day 1:  Introduction
Day 2:  Start Small, Build Slow
Day 3:  It Doesn’t Have To Be Boring
Day 4:  Stitches
Day 5:  Keep a Diary
Day 6:  Dangerous Thoughts
Day 7:  Week 1 Done – Some Suggestions
Day 8:  Treadmill Training – Baby it’s cold (or raining) outside
Day 9:  A Motivational Quote for You
Day 10:  Distractions
Day 11:  Partner Up!
Day 12:  Another Motivational Quote to Ponder
Day 13:  A Word on Dehydration and Motivation
Day 14:  Week 2 Flew!  Check in
Day 15:  Mornings

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