With my first marathon completed (February 19th 2012) and almost a full year of my healthy hair care journey acheived (May 2012)...my goals now are to stay vegan, stay running, and continue forward. I can already see ultramarathons and trail marathons in my future. Plus lots more interesting vegan and hair experiments. So I hope you continue to stay with me and join in. You all help to keep me honest.
Yes, lackluster energy affects the best of us. After taking a look at my embarassing, lazy, pictures above you know it's true. So how do I get the job done when I just want to sit on the couch staring into space or catch up on my youtube videos?
Honestly, sometimes I don't know how I do it either.
Typically, working out the first thing in the morning is the best option. For me, it helps me get it out of the way so that I don't have to worry about making excuses later.
Sure, I still have crust in my eyes and it takes me a minute to get oriented, but after that I'm good. Plus, I have added energy for the rest of the day and have a sounder sleep at night.
When I don't get up early I feel lazier as the day goes on. At the end of the day I make up some excuse why I can't go run:
It's too late
I have to get up early tomorrow
I'm too tired
It's too dark
I have no clean clothes...
On the weekends I have no reason to get up early. So how do I handle it? I get a buddy!
Now, I am not one of those lucky people who has a running buddy or are part of a running club. There is no one who wants to run with me!
However, I can oftentimes beg my husband to come with me on his bike on days I truly feel energy-less. He holds my water, tracks my miles, and sometimes provides witty conversation (sometimes).
Of course I can't always count on my husband or getting up early. So instead I try to stay on my feet. I find that if I get up and then plop right down on the couch, it will be harder to muster up energy later.
When I get up I wake up with a plan. I will eat breakfast, check my email and in an hour I need to be doing something active. If not, I'd better have a real good reason.
Or I can just look at the pictures above and see what happens when I DON'T. Not cute.
What do YOU do when you feel a case of lackluster energy starting to materialize?