How I Make Myself Do Things When I Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything

How I get myself to do things when I don't want to do anythingToday I don’t feel like doing anything. Well…I’d like to sit down in front of a Real Housewives marathon and eat all the marshmallows out of my son’s Lucky Charms. But I know if I do that, it’s all I will do all day.

The thought of working out makes me want to take a nap. Thinking about running errands makes me want to take a nap. The thought of writing, which I’m actually doing right this second, is making me want to take a nap. And I’m terrible at taking naps!

I just don’t feel like doing anything.

But remember that high school physics class with the weird teacher dude who used to blast classic rock before the lesson started? No? Just me? Okay, fine, I barely remember it; it’s just that and one actual thing about physics—the Law of Motion. And, full disclosure, I didn’t remember that it is called that—I just Googled it. Anyway, the Law of Motion says that an object in motion will stay in motion. And an object at rest will stay at rest.

So, guess what? I just had to get the writing motion started and now I feel like I’m on a roll. I’m in motion and I will stay in motion until something knocks me off course. Unfortunately, for writing, that could be a number of things. So many, in fact, that if I think about it too much, it’s scary. Simply losing my train of thought could cause me to stop writing and then disappear down some Internet rabbit hole (see photo below).


The Law of Motion is super cool (and I’m a nerd) because you can apply to pretty much everything. Even exercise.

If you’re like me, then you know that it’s so hard to get motivated to work out sometimes. Here’s me when I think about working out: I have to change clothes, put on shoes—are they downstairs?!—open my program, turn on music, get my weights out, then I’ll have to take a shower and dry my hair, and oh man, let me just sit down and rest because that sounds like a lot. Overwhelming, right? That’s why I’ve trained myself to NOT think about it.

When I noticed myself starting to think about working out too much, I stop thinking about it and I just do it. I say, “Nope. Stop. Get changed.” It’s just that little hump I have to get over because once I’m changing into my workout clothes and putting on my shoes, I’m already in motion and the workout gets done and then, THEN…watch out!

How I make myself do things when I don't feel like doing anything

Watch out because now I have all energy. Just changing my clothes, just typing one sentence, is like a little spark that lights a fire that grows and grows. I’m ready to take on the rest of the day now. I’m in motion and you better get out of my way or I will roll over you like that giant rock ball thing that chased Indiana Jones. And can you see how my writing is getting better and funnier (please say yes) becuase now I’ve been in motion for about 500 words and I’m just feeling warmed up.

Look out, MS Word, I’m coming for you next!

26.2 Inspirational Quotes for Running a Marathon When You’re Not Excited About It

This is the post where I try to give myself a better attitude about running a marathon tomorrow. I might write these on my arms tonight.

1. “Make your race a playground, not a proving ground.” –Lauren Fleshman

26.2 Motivational Quote for Your Next Race | Mom vs. Marathon
Kim and me at the start of the See Jane Run Seattle 5K in 2014. This was one of the most fun times I’ve ever had racing. We both got 2nd in our age groups.

2. “Eventually, you learn the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” –George Sheehan

3. “Your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” –Kara Goucher

4. “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes

5. “There will come a day when I can no longer run. Today is not that day.” –Unknown

6. “There will be days when I don’t know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that I have.” –Unknown

26.2 Motivational Quotes for Your Next Race | Mom vs. Marathon
Zoë and me running our first marathon together in 2011. I’ll be wearing the same shirt tomorrow…and socks!

7. “The biggest mistake an athlete can make is to be afraid of making one.” –L. Ron Hubbard

8. “Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” –John Bingham

9. “I have met my hero, and he is me.” -George Sheehan

10. “Nothing is more certain than the defeat of a man who gives up.” –George Sheehan

11. “I always thought of running as just dancing forward.” –Tom Hiddleston

12. “Make each day your masterpiece.” –John Wooden

13. “You must expect great things from yourself before you can do them.” –Michael Jordan

26.2 Motivational Quotes for Your Next Race | Mom vs. Marathon
That time I PR’d and won 2nd in my age group at a 5K in the pouring rain.

14. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” –Beverly Sills

15. “If you want to win something, run 100 meters…if you want to experience something, run a marathon.” –Emil Zatopek

16. “A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.” –Pre

17. “You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” –Pre

18. “The greatest pleasure in life is doing the things people say we cannot do.” –Walter Bagehot (Me: Even when “people” is yourself.)

19. “Mind is everything: muscle—pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.” –Paavo Nurmi

20. “Good judgment is the result of experience. Experience is the result of bad judgment.” –Mark Twain

21. “Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much better.” –Juha Vaatainen

26.2 Motivational Quotes for Your NExt Race | Mom vs. Marathon
My first Rainier to Ruston relay.

22. “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” –Marilyn vos Savant

23. “The essential thing in life is not so much conquering as fighting well.” –Baron de Coubertin

24. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali

25. “Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?’” –Peter Maher

26. “Perfect preparation doesn’t exist. Excellent adaptation does.” –Lauren Fleshman

Motivational Quotes for Marathon | Mom vs. Marathon
Me with my husband and son after my first marathon.

.2: “Moms are awesome.” –my son