One of the things I find really hard to do despite best intentions is establishing a regular run. I'm a master at coming up with all the excuses, however small to allow me to either stay in bed or on the sofa in the warm.
I was used to working remotely from home with no real regular commute, and since taking a job that's a 2.5 hour round trip daily commute, my available time has been shortened even further.
So I'm trying to figure out some things I can do to get back out there. I always feel great after a short morning run and it sets me up for the day as well as combatting some on the negative health impacts of a desk job, but always find self imposed roadblocks get in my way.
So these are the things I'm trying out over the next few weeks:
State the night before 'I'm running the next morning' to someone - saying it out loud makes you somehow a fraction more accountable.
Put all the running gear out you need the night before - it saves time running around looking for a windproof jacket or headtorch, and get out the door faster. The less choice you have to make in the morning the better, and you are less likely to abandon plans.
Don't run further than you should. I usually push myself further than I should (5 or 10k seems always a nice target) and as a result hurt myself so leave it a week to recover. Keep runs shorter and more regular. There's nothing wrong running shorter - you can get out more regularly.
Get up earlier (and go to bed earlier) - I function best with 7-8 hours sleep, so shifting my sleeping hours allowed me time in the morning to exercise and commute.
Do it in the morning - at the end of the day there are too many things to tempt me out of a run.
Keep track of how you are doing - sign up to a service like SmashRun - free, connect to all your running apps, and it sends you a really informative weekly summary of how well (or not!) you are doing compared to previous weeks - a good motivation reminder.
As part of National Blog Post Month (#NaBloPoMo) the spin off from the novel writing month that writers often partake in November, I thought I would try and write a few more quick and short posts for November - lets see how far I can go with this.