I used to think that sometimes finding the motivation to run is harder than the actual run…
I could always find 1,000,000 excuses not to, even though I kind of wanted to. There was always work to do, clothes to wash, food to cook, too much rain and wind, headache, someone’s birthday… you name it! I just wasn’t there mentally.
If, you are experiencing a similar sort of thing and thinking of how to get motivated to run and stay that way – read this!
Write down your ‘why’!
Why are you running? If you can’t answer this question – you won’t last long and probably give up in the next few weeks.
It doesn’t have to be just one reason, but you need to know why you are doing it. Are you planning to take part in any races, want to be a professional runner in the future? Or is it to lose weight, clear your head or just have the running as ‘your time’?
Whatever the reason – write it down and keep going back to it when things get tough!
For me, it is stress relief and recharge of positive emotions as well as keeping fit. Every time I get a little lazy or start looking for those excuses, I remember how important running is to me and how it helps me nearly every day!
Join a running club and book your first/next race!
Running together is more fun and gets competitive which will give you more motivation especially if you are a competitive type!
When I booked my first race – I had no idea what I was getting into. Even though I had done races back in school, it was different doing it back then as a kid. This time I wasn’t pressured to do this and had booked on willingly… And I cared. I wanted to do well and come in the top 10 of my club.
If you like races – I would suggest having one booked at all times so that you have something to train for. If you don’t – set your own goals. It can be 5k, 10k or any other distance by certain time (depending on your fitness level). But do set goals so that you can track your progress!
Go digital and get your friends involved
Smart watches are very popular, interactive and helpful these days. Use it to track your runs and progress.
I started with Garmin and, every time I take it off, I feel like something is missing. I never even wore a watch before. You will be surprised how much it helps with tracking progress of your running and feeling good about it!
Get on an app (I use Strava myself) and take on challenges, or just record your running. I got 4 of my friends running (they were not the running kind). They started with a challenge and the rest is history!
Get the music going
We all love a good tune! You must have at least one song that gets you up and going. Play it! Play it even if you don’t want to go for a run! I bet by the end of it you will decide – you know what? Let’s do this!
I must listen to something while running – silence is a difficult thing for me to process. So, if you are like me, put on your tunes while you run. It doesn’t have to be music. Lately I have started listening to audio books while running. It makes me want to run for longer just because I want to get to the end of that chapter!
Please be careful though! Don’t have your music blasting in your ears while running on the road, I’m sure you know the potential consequences for that! Be safe! Try to run more in parks or places where there is less traffic and cars around you.
Get some nice gear!
This might seem silly for a motivation but it works. Maybe not for all of us, but it does for most.
Get your new running shoes, tops, shorts or any other gear. Believe me – you will want to use it! Especially if it looks good 🙂 Also, I’m sure you’re gonna want to get the value for your money, so use it a lot!
I have my favourite running leggings. They are nearly falling apart but I absolutely love them. Every time I look in my cupboard I think, yea.. should go for a run!
Yes, fashion can motive us! Well, those who care about fashion I guess.
Make running your habit!
I love the habit poem – reading it always helps me to put things in perspective and just say to myself: ”Stop being silly and get on, or you will lose!”
I am your constant companion.
Who am I?
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them – quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of great people, and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? I am Habit.
Do not give up!
That is my last piece of advice to you!
There are always hard times, times when you won’t be able to run for some time for one reason or another – but whatever you do – don’t give up!
Remember why you started running in the first place, set your goals, reward yourself and let running be a part of your life.
I hope this has given you some answers on how to get motivated to run and keep that motivation. Do not forget to action – just reading it won’t help 🙂