Self-Motivation for a Runner on Vacation is Necessary!


Self-Motivation on Vacation is Tough!


I’m currently on vacation in Maui, Hawaii (yea tough) and am completely off my regular running schedule.  You would think, man, being on vacation (especially in Hawaii) you should be running 100 miles a week!  Well, that’s just not the case.  Have you ever been on vacation and been super-motivated the first couple of days, then found your self-motivation just dissolves?

Vacation is a time to relax and enjoy, right?  That means good food, drinks and fun times with your spouse, family, significant other or yourself.  Plus, Hawaii brings some additional distractions such as the ocean, beach and plenty of warm sun.  Kinda gets in the way of running.  Right now, if I don’t get up at the crack of dawn, chances are my run for the day will quickly fade away.  Sometimes when I get up while here, I just don’t feel like running — I’d rather stare at the ocean (understandably).  Plus, I don’t have my running group nor running friends to drag my lazy butt out like I do in Denver.  So, I gotta do it completely on my own and that’s where self-motivation needs to kick in.

Slice it any way you want, but sometimes you have to do everything possible in your power to put your running gear on, lace up your running shoes and get your butt out the door– just pull whatever you need to out of your bag of tricks to get going.  Really, just that simple, right?…wrong!  This little itty bitty word, procrastination, quietly slips in and then the voice of reasoning, “I’ll just do double miles tomorrow, no worries.”  Yea, just a little trick your mind plays on you!

So, how do I personally do it?  I just force myself to get out and run.  Period.  What I find most times is that once I start running, the fog I was in when getting ready slowly starts to burn off and I come back to life!  The first mile or two may not be pretty, but at some point things do fall into place and turns my run from a dreaded chore to awesome.  Plus, running in Hawaii you’re treated with some of the most spectacular views and smells, and that helps considerably with the self-motivation factor.

No matter if my run is 5, 7, 8 or 10 miles, I always add a half mile or so at the end so that I can enjoy my cool down walking on the beach.  That’s the point I’m grateful I found the self-motivation to complete my run.  It brings me a sense of accomplishment and a license for me to enjoy the day.  If I accomplish nothing else that day, it really doesn’t matter, as long as I accomplish my run.

So, find your self-motivation to get out the door and get your run done!  There’s not a truer saying than “A body in motion stays in motion, a body at rest stays at rest.”


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  • Jim H says:
    April 20, 2012 8:56 AM

    Face it. You’re just a lazy slacker. Don’t be putting your lazy slacker ‘tude on all us highly motivated individuals. I don’t have any problem getting all my running in. Admittedly, since I never run anywhere, that makes it a tad easier.

  • David Adams says:
    April 20, 2012 9:29 AM

    Thanks for this. I’m just getting starting with running, and being very over-weight, I find my two biggest challenges are aerobic capacity and mental – getting out there (or on the treadmill) and keeping going when it feels like my lungs are going to pop. Glad I’m not the only guy who finds themselves dragging themselves to their own goals!

  • Stacy says:
    April 20, 2012 12:42 PM

    My husband and I are on Oahu right now, and are modifying our training to coincide with vacationing. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, IMO. And sometimes it’s good to take a break.

    • Jim Lynch says:
      April 20, 2012 3:20 PM

      Excellent post Stacy. That is a great point and a break can sometimes improve your running. Happy vacationing!

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