Finding My Own Running Motivation
Admittedly, my level of running motivation before this summer was next to nothing. I’d avoid running as a form of exercise as much as possible.
However, this weekend, I will be taking on a pretty big challenge. 3 obstacle course races in a single weekend; each race a different length (10-13 miles, 7-10 miles, and 3-5 miles). This combination is known as the Spartan Trifecta. The Spartan Race series has grown in popularity over the past 3-5 years, even making it’s way onto national television. Obstacle course races have been around for several years and I have done a few of them in the past.
With all of that being said…I have been doing quite a bit of running this summer to prepare myself for the challenge. Running isn’t my strongest or most desirable form of exercise, so I definitely needed some running motivation in the early stages of my training.
For some, there’s no better feeling than tying up a pair of running shoes and hitting the pavement. Whether you enjoy running on the road or at a track, sometimes you need a little motivation to finish.
Is it distance you’re after? Increased speed? Or simply a little push to make your runs more enjoyable?
Whatever the reason, we can all use a little motivation to push harder and run farther.
Let’s check out 5 ways to increase your running motivation.
1. Create a Music Playlist
Listening to music can improve your workout in many ways.
You know the feeling when your muscles ache, your hands and feet are sore and your body is winning the battle of “mind over matter”?
We’ve all hit that workout wall at one point.
Music is said to distract you from your bodily awareness. That means that the beats in your ears will help you forget about the pain in other parts of your body.
What’s even better than just a distraction from your body screaming ‘no more’ is that if properly timed, you can actually create a running playlist that coincides with your pace.
Is there an especially tough hill you know you need to climb at the end of your run? Do you need a little extra motivation to get started? Or is it a mid-run slump that trips you up?
Time your music to provide running motivation just when you need it most.
2. Plot a Different Route
Routine and consistency in life can be a great thing. But, too much of the same when it comes to exercise can get boring.
It’s good to add variety into your workouts and this includes running!
If you find that running the same old path around your neighborhood, or simply running laps at the track, is killing your running motivation, then a change of scenery may be exactly what you need.
Hop in your car and drive to the local park. If you tend to run on a treadmill, travel outside for some fresh air. Or simply run a different route around your neighborhood. Use something like MapMyRun to find a new route.
These small changes in routine can add just the right amount of variety to help boost your running motivation.
3. Sign-Up for a Race
Have you been an avid runner for a while now, but wonder how well you’d stack up against others? Joining a local race is a great way to find out.
Starting out with a 5k is a perfect way to break into the racing world. Most race courses are designed for runners of all abilities. And, even better, a lot of times races are held as a fundraiser or charity event.
By signing up for a race you’re not only helping people, but you’re pushing your limits and seeing how far (and fast) you can really go!
4. Buy New Running Gear
Who doesn’t love new sneakers or clothes?
It always feels good to throw on some new clothes and show ’em off.
5. Find Running Motivation in a Running Buddy
If you’re finding it hard to motivate before each run, having a running buddy to cheer you on and encourage you is a great idea. On a day you’re feeling particularly sluggish and you consider skipping your run, your buddy will hold you accountable.
Let Me Help You Get Motivated
Now that you’re equipped with some great tips for running motivation, are there other areas where you need help motivating?
Is your nutrition not where it should be?
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