Get up on my own at 4:30 am to run 6 miles? No thank you. Snooze button … click.

Make an excuse why I can’t get my butt out of bed when a fellow runner texts me “Run at 5 tomorrow morning?”.  Unless I do have a legit reason other than being tired, I am in.

A while back I posted on Facebook that I wanted to start running in the mornings, and if I backed out of that commitment, it was fair game to harass me for my laziness.

To my surprise I have found a couple other nearby runners who are motivated enough to get up and on the pavement before the sun comes up.

There have been mornings where I would much rather have pulled the covers back over my head and hit the snooze button, but I knew my friends were waiting for me. Or that they were out getting faster than me. Can’t have that.

Accountability, guilt, competition, whatever you want to call it – is a great motivator.

So find a running buddy as crazy as you and you will be able to keep each other going even when motivation is lacking.