Motivation: it can come from the most unsuspecting places

Guess what?

I had zero motivation to workout this morning.


Yup. It was one of those mornings where I could have stayed in bed for WAY longer but it had to be done.

Scott and I reluctantly rolled out of bed and made our way upstairs to our home gym.

I know, cry me a river. My gym is upstairs and I still didn’t want to workout.


Workout motivation source #1 right? Home gym = zero excuses not to get the workout done.

But my real motivation today?

My husband.

Who knew I was NOT in the mood to get that treadmill set done but had a plan in mind, apparently.

Just as I was about to give up about ten minutes sooner than I had planned out, he said that I had “no choice” but to keep running until the show we were watching On Demand was over (Hawaii Five-O, really good show, FYI)


I ‘spose that’s a good way to get me to bust out that last ten minutes in style, right?

Rather than argue it, I got it done. Easy as that.

Unsuspecting and random source for motivation today, but hell, whatever works. That’s the moral of this “story” – motivation can come from a million different sources and will be different for everyone and can be as random as my motivation source was today. Thanks babe, you pushed me through. I’ll give you credit…this time. πŸ˜‰

For those of you wondering, here’s how my treadmill workout looked:

warm-up: 5 mins @ 3.5 mph

Series of mini-intervals for 35 mins: every 2 mins I changed the speed from 6.3, 6.5, 6.7, 7.0, 7.2 and so on. My fastest 2 mins (which I repeated twice during this cycle) was 8 mph.

cool-down: 5 mins @ 3.5 mph

It wasn’t my BEST treadmill workout but it was good enough, and that’s just fine by me for today. Off to enjoy my day, no looking back πŸ™‚


13 thoughts on “Motivation: it can come from the most unsuspecting places

  1. Boyaka!

    I think it’s having little tricks up your sleeve like that which gets you through a training season / cycle making consistent progress. Ok, so technically it’s Scott that had it up his sleeve, but you had him up yours, so it all worked out in the end.

    I was reading a piece in Running Fitness this evening about not quitting during tough sessions. Sometimes a simple “go hard or go home” works. But other times we need the external motivation. High five on marrying the right guy πŸ˜‰

    And that looks like a pretty stonking session to me!

    • HA, yes, Scott had the trick up his sleeve vs. me but whatever, I “borrowed” his trick this time, all good in my book! hehe
      And thanks, I definitely did marry the right guy πŸ˜‰

  2. What a great workout – especially for an unmotivated day! Having a motivator right by your side is such a huge help. For my run today, I arranged for my friend, aunt, and uncle to keep me company. They were so supportive and encouraging, which I really need during long runs. Take that motivation wherever you can get it πŸ™‚

    • Well, now that you put it that way, I guess it was a pretty darn good workout for an unmotivated kinda day, huh? It’s so great to have such supportive loved ones around you…they come in really handy during times like these, huh?

  3. I love when I am totally unmotivated to workout but once I get into it, I am rocking it out. The hardest part for me is just getting to the gym b/c I know that I will be happy once I’m working out and remember how amazing I feel after a workout!

    • YES! It makes all the difference in the world to have someone like that in your corner. Even if they hafta yell to get you moving sometimes. πŸ˜‰

      PS. Thanks for stopping on by!!

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