It's incredible how quickly the weather can change and seem to jump start a new season! Coming home after a month of travels (to Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand - SO amazing but my sabbatical is another story) made the shift from summer to fall that much more dramatic. Then, after Halloween's sunshine, we were surprised with SNOW and cold this weekend here in Seattle. Brrr! Fall already feels like winter, and we are just getting started. The extra hour of sleep today thanks to Daylight Saving Time was glorious, but I also know I will be cursing those dark weekday nights soon enough.
Which leads me to today's topic: Staying Motivated with Exercise in Fall. Have you ever had the best intentions of working out, only to fall short thanks to the weather?
We humans are REALLY good at creating all sorts of excuses (e.g. I should do x/y/z first, I don't have the time, It's raining/freezing outside I'll wait until it's warmer/clearer… ), and this challenge is a real common one for me this time of year.
Why does it matter? Well, hibernating indoors, enjoying couch time and mass-eating comfort foods all sound amazing, but are not so amazing for my health and performance.
I also have the Seattle Marathon coming up in 3 weeks (eek!) and barely any training to show for it. I know I need to get my nutrition and my exercise ratcheted up to have an enjoyable race. Otherwise I'll be miserable for 26.2 miles. Or worse off, I won't even finish. For you marathoners out there I'm sure you can relate to the anticipation that comes with a race you are under-trained for.
And whether you are a runner or not, the lack of exercise can lead to other not-so-fun consequences. Like getting more winded the times you actually DO work out since you aren't at the top of your game. Or becoming more uncomfortable in your clothes as those holiday pounds creep their way in. Or becoming more tired and unmotivated as the lack of physical activity starts draining your energy and emotions. Booooo!!
Thankfully it's never too late to start making small changes. Like planning my schedule in advance to get those training runs in. Laying my gear out the night before to get an earlier start on the day. Making my goals of completing the Seattle Marathon and improving my health this season top of mind. And reminding myself that every week, and every day, is a fresh start!
Whatever goals you are working towards - just remember, you got this!