How to Run Even When You Don’t Want To

Devin Arrigo

A practical strategy to smash through negative self-talk and run anyways

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Beep. Beep. Beep.

It’s 6 am. The sun gently illuminates my room as my iPhone violently lets me know that my time in ‘dreamland’ has concluded. I’m reluctant to accept it, but my alarm signals yet that yet another morning is run on the agenda.

As I drowsily roll over to shut off the alarm, a wave of doubt sweeps over my body. A powerful surge of reasons why I should snooze my alarm roll through my brain as easily as if I was scrolling through shows to watch on TV.

Can’t I just run after work? Is it even healthy to run this early? Did I sleep enough? I should just snooze it. The extra sleep would really benefit me today.

When that dreaded 6 am alarm hits, I find myself combatting a million and one excuses as to why I shouldn’t run. Why I should snooze the alarm and go back to ‘dreamland’ instead.

It’s as if the reason I set the alarm the night before had disappeared in thin air. And to be honest, more times than I’d like to admit, I succumb to that self-doubt. I’ve rolled over, snoozed my alarm, and totally skipped the morning run I had planned.

And how did I feel when I finally woke up?

Yep, you guessed it. I felt like absolute sh*t.

The extra hour of sleep was not worth the feeling of resentment and guilt I carried as a result of skipping my morning run.

It feels like crap to not keep your word to yourself. Letting all those excuses affect my decision to run feels awful. Sure, there are certainly days when extra sleep might actually be a good thing.

But when I wake up, I already know my brain is going to tell me absolutely anything to go back to sleep.

Knowing this, and still succumbing to such pitiful excuses is absolutely demoralizing. It’s a huge kick in the gut that bruises my ego and confidence.

So when that inevitable wave of self-doubt hits, and I’m battling the decision to snooze my alarm, I simply ask myself…

How am I going to feel if I don’t get up and run?

This simple, effective question allows me to access that feeling of guilt, shame, and demoralization that I previously felt after skipping my run. And I know that I don’t want to feel that way again.

It’s the perfect kick in the butt I need to get out of bed, put on my running shoes, and get on with it.

10 times out of 10 — I feel more proud, confident, and happier when I skip the snooze button and run anyways.

So the next time you find yourself combatting a million and one excuses why you should run, just ask yourself:

How am I going to feel if I don’t run?

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Los Angeles, CA

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