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Do the Same Work in Different Ways to Stay Motivated

I started my formal half-marathon training program on Monday. It was straightforward: Run three miles.

 

My alarm hit at 5 a.m., I warmed up for five minutes, and ran straight out and straight back on flat ground. Three miles. Steady.

On Wednesday, I had the exact same assignment: Run three miles.

My alarm hit at 5 a.m., I warmed up for five minutes, and then I went on a loopy ass hill course.

Guess what Friday’s task is? Yep—three miles.

It would be easy for this training course to become tedious. And it’s only Week One. By switching up how I tackle each workout—even though they’re technically the exact same—I’m able to stay interested because I’m doing something different.

That helps keep me motivated. And, more practically, it keeps my muscle groups guessing, which helps make me fitter.

I’ll probably try a bunch of other weird stuff between now and race day. Running around a track. Running barefoot. Hiking. (OK, it’s not all “weird.”)

Go ahead and figure out a way to apply this to anything. I know I do. It’s a hell of a lot easier to do the same thing over and over if you do it in a different way each time.

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