This morning I was up and at ‘em to log a few miles after teaching spin class. I tell ya this view gets me every time.
I know not all of us are always feeling motivated to get those runs in…myself included. While training for marathons and races…it’s very easy to get burned out and be lax when you’re “just not feeling it”. It sounds cliche but listen to your body…and REST when required! It’s all a balancing act to me. I always say…you don’t want to run yourself into the ground, so to speak. Chances are, if you take that time to cross train… and rest, you’ll feel revved up and ready to go the next go ‘round. But just in case you are feeling lazy and need an extra boost I’ve got a few ways you can stay motivated to keep those miles going.
1. Join a running group, or have buddies to run with. I attribute my self discipline that I have now to training with a running group when I ran my first marathon. Just having the accountability of buddies not letting you slack off and getting it in with you makes a true difference. Plus…runners are just awesome people and make the best buddies. Am I right?
2. Buy a GPS/running watch. Having the data on a pretty pink watch does make all the difference. I recommend the Garmin brand..they are super accurate and just a good investment overall.
3. Even a short run is better than NO run at all…isn’t this the truth. Just go out and get moving. And you’d be surprised…every little bit REALLY does add up and will add to your running fitness level if you stay consistent with that.
4. Reward yourself…I like to do so with an ice cold homemade smoothie. OR a massage. Or some retail therapy…no, not a slice of pizza. OK…maybe just one. I won’t tell. But yeah…back to massages. Knowing I have a rubdown after just makes those miles that much sweeter.
5. Set mini goals for yourself. If it’s to run a little faster, run longer…or signing up for that local 10k or half marathon. Having that goal at the end of the tunnel will keep you trucking along.
-No matter how I’m feeling…and even if the run is not omg the most amazing best run ever. Some days I just run to keep myself sane. To quiet the monkey mind and ease the stress of the day. And I always feel good when it’s done.
What are some ways you stay motivated to keep running?