You're Not Alone
No matter if you're a seasoned runner or just beginning, everyone struggles with motivation at some point. Even ask some of the most dedicated runners you know and they will confirm this.
Sometimes it's all too easy to hit the snooze button in the morning and sleep a little longer.
Or decide it's been a hard day at work and you're completely and just too tired to run. Many people have the motivation to run in the morning and feel it can be easier then you think.
Let's take a look at some ideas to help get you gain that momentum you are looking for.
Find A Partner
One of the best ways to motivate yourself to run or to do anything at all is to find someone that’s willing to do it with you. If you have a partner it can actually motivate you to run in a couple ways.
For one, you have someone that’s counting on you when it comes time to run. In addition, pushing each other to run faster or longer if you're both competitive.
On top of everything, it’s just more fun when you have someone to talk to and someone to share your pain when you’re done.
What better way to get in shape than running with friends and then sharing the experience afterwards?
Start A Plan
Especially if you’re just getting started running, you'll want to make sure that you don’t push yourself too far and too fast. Trying to push through the pain will only lead to running fatigue.
Instead, you want to make sure you follow a training schedule that's slowly builds up your mileage.
When you first start out you might have to start with a run/walk approach and that's perfectly fine. By doing this you'll feel more comfortable with your run as you continue to improve instead of getting discouraged right off the bat.
Set A Goal
You should have a reason why you’re running. Maybe it's weight loss, better cardiovascular health or you've just always wanted to do a marathon.
Remembering why you started will help you when it gets difficult to run or when you start to lose motivation to run.. It will also continue to push you to keep working hard, whether you have a special reward for yourself at the end or not.
Seeing the results on paper is very motivating. As you continue, you’ll be able go further or complete the course faster. Which in turn is going to give you the motivation to run and to set new goals.
Get A Reward
Everyone likes to get something special when they accomplish a goal. Whether it’s a special dinner or a new workout outfit or anything at all. Set up rewards as you accomplish your goals, like when you do your first marathon or when you crush your PR.
Just keep coming up with different rewards to go along with different stages in your plan and keep working towards each one of them.
The more you enjoy something the more likely you are to keep doing it. That means you want to find a way to have fun with your run. Grab a friend to join you or maybe listen to music while you run.
Try setting up your run so that you have beautiful scenery to enjoy along the way. It’s entirely up to you how you do it, but creating a run that’s enjoyable for you is going to make it a whole lot easier to stick to it.
Set Yourself Up For Success
Don’t just get out there and entirely wing it, hoping you'll figure it out along the way. Find some information about running and learn what’s going to help you succeed. Look for information before you choose your running shoes. Many stores that specialize in running will help you with this.
Do research on how long you should start out with or how far you should go on your first run. Check out things like optimal heart rate and calorie burn.
There are many devices,like a fitbit or garmin watch out there that will track this information for you. Knowing more about the benefits you’re getting and how to get them will definitely give you motivation.
To Sum It Up
Running is a great way to get healthy and push yourself to set new goals.
Use these tools to help give you the motivation to run. Review each of them and see what something really works for you. Setting goals and having the motivation to complete them is very powerful.
Whatever you decide, running is definitely going to make a positive difference in your life.