I know, having to convince yourself to exercise regularly is mentally challenging. If I could choose, I totally would spend all my days and weeks and months and years on my behind and not do anything all day, but unfortunately it just doesn’t play well that way. So I have to use the force trying to convince myself to get up and exercise. Somehow I have to overcome this little comfy guy within me:

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Let’s face it, couch-surfing is still more fun than having to move your muscles, pouring sweat from every pore possible, and quite honestly, being sweaty and physically exhausted is not quite the best look on anyone. But I found, that one thing helps tremendously: conformity.

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So running with others helps a lot. Running with people you either really like and enjoy spending time with or running with people you dislike so much, you want to beat them every time possible, it works both ways. But some days, sadly most days, when you feel like you want to go for a run, it seems as if you are the last person on planet earth and everyone else has gone incognito:

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So, how do I deal with this? I call my dad (who lives in Austria) and ask him if he wants to run with me (yes, I am still living in Norway) and we decide on a time when to run, and then we run – together. Kind of.

My dad's running route in Austria on top and my running route in Norway at the bottom
My dad’s running route in Austria on top and my running route in Norway at the bottom

Every now and then, we actually do get to run together:

Bergen marathon, my first half-marathon with my dad in the back, in December 2012

So, f you too, are struggling with the everyday running motivation, don’t hesitate. Now you too can run with us! We’ll be running every Saturday and Sunday at 9am (CET), but no worries, you don’t have to run with us every single time, do it once or twice or every time. It doesn’t matter how far or fast you go, if you run, walk, crawl, bike, unicycle or whatever else strikes your fancy, as long as you come with us!

See you next Saturday at 9am (CET), so you too can #runwithme

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