Sometimes We Need To Run On Autopilot


It made my day yesterday to find out that I was included in this list of top 75 running blogs to follow in 2017!

I was so honored to be recognized and included with so many other amazing running bloggers that my heart was warmed immediately, which by the way, was most definitely needed as my car read 5 DEGREES.

5 degrees is some serious cold!

car temperature

Today’s post is a quick one and centers around yesterday’s treadmill run.

Here’s what happened:

I woke up early, as usual, but totally didn’t feel like running.

The thought of bundling up to go over to the treadmill in my gym just seemed so BLAH.

I went through my Monday morning motions by starting with a Pure Barre Studio Series DVD under the assumption I would run on the treadmill when I finished the workout.

pure barre studio series

All through Pure Barre, my mind contemplated not running.

There’s nothing wrong with skipping your run. Skipping today’s run will rest your legs and get them excited for tomorrow’s run! 

But you didn’t even run yesterday. And you ran a shorter long run on Saturday. Why skip today?

It’s so cold outside. Why would you leave the house?

It’s really okay to not be in the mood to run. It happens to everyone. Maybe not to you very often but it’s okay that it happens to you once in a while, especially in the winter.

You know what? It’s even okay to take a week off. Maybe you should do that.

Maybe it’s time to take up spinning. Or maybe give up cardio for a week and only do Pure Barre workouts.  

Cross training is great!

But maybe I will just run 3 miles. What’s 3 miles? I can do 3 miles in my sleep.

At some point I silenced my head and bundled myself up to leave the house.

I shuffled over to the gym in many layers being careful of the ice patches, whimpering my way there if you want to know the truth under the assumption that only crazy people leave their homes this early in the morning in the dead of winter to exercise.

But then I got on the treadmill.

My legs got going as if they were attached to someone else completely, as if they were just so unaware of the thought processes taking place in my brain all morning during Pure Barre.

My legs felt fresh and happy to be running, not even looking for the warm up paces that I always set myself to run for the first two miles on the treadmill.

To say that my mind was utterly confused is an understatement. It was as if my brain stood there shocked, separate from the rest of my body saying something similar to, UM WTF.

And then I just went along with it.

I ended up running 4 miles, holding pace at 7.5 for most of the run. If I didn’t need to get home, I probably would have kept running!

My point today is that sometimes we just need to run on autopilot, especially in the winter.

While there are certainly days to skip our workouts, most of the time we just need to stop thinking about it and go through the motions to get ourselves out the door.

It’s very rare that we will regret it.

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Where is your running motivation right now?

Do you give in to your mood when you don’t feel like running or do you try to go on autopilot?

Are you running today? Outside or on the treadmill?

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  1. says

    Yep, I definitely agree, I think Saturday was one of those days for me. It was freezing, starting to snow, I was dealing with broken headphones, couldn’t get myself out the door. But once I was out there I just ran our autopilot and didn’t think about where i was going or how far I would run.
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  2. says

    I have to say lately I haven’t been pushing it at all. I used to just GO without thinking but at this point, I’m not training and I don’t get SUCH a mood boost from 4 miles that I wouldn’t get from 30 minutes of yoga in my house. So, when it’s too cold/raining or whatever I just stay home. Looking forward to tomorrow morning to get out and run though!
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  3. says

    This is the running gospel! I know from experience that I can have no sleep, be hungover and not feel like running at all and have the best run of my life. I can also line everything up perfectly, and get out the door and my legs feel like tanker trucks. I also know that forcing myself to do something that I don’t want to do creates mental strength and builds self efficacy so that the next time my negative thoughts get in the way I just politely remind myself of all the other times I pushed through and kicked ass. And I get it done.
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  4. says

    Congrats on making the list of top 75 blogs to follow… I can’t see a reason as to why you wouldn’t have! Most days if I’m not feeling it, I will run on autopilot because I know sooner or later I’ll get into my groove.

  5. says

    I definitely haven’t been pushing myself as hard as I have in the past, but I do still try to stick to a regular schedule and not go too many days without some exercise. The only time I’ll give myself a break if my body is telling me it’s not up for it. But other than that? I just try to listen to some music to get myself in the mood. Usually works 😀
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  6. says

    Oh my gosh, this is completely a conversation that I have in my head on almost the daily right now. Winter running or the motivation to run in the winter is kind of sucky.

    I am usually meeting up with someone to run so I can’t give in to my mood very easily 😉

    Today was on the treadmill because I was by myself and because I usually run super duper early and I don’t like running outside in the dark by myself.