Running can be an amazing way to stay healthy, relieve stress, and improve overall well-being. However, for many, getting started and staying motivated to run regularly is the hardest part. And since consistency is the key to running faster, stronger, and better, it’ll be harder if you only show up once in a while. So I’m giving you some realistic tips to help you motivate yourself to run and stick with it. Let’s go!
- Set realistic goalsSetting realistic and achievable goals is key when it comes to staying motivated. You can start by setting small goals like running for 10 minutes every day and gradually increase the duration and intensity of your run. Having a SMART goal is a great way to keep you on track and give you a reason to keep showing up. It’s also important to note your progress along the way to keep you motivated.
- Find a running buddyHaving a running partner can make running more enjoyable and help keep you accountable. You can join a running group in your community or find a friend who also wants a accountability partner. Running with someone else can be a great motivator because it can be easy to run alone, but you don’t want to do it with a friend.
- Create a running schedule. You don’t need to follow a complicated race training plan, but creating a running schedule and sticking to it can help you build a running habit. Plan your runs around your routine so you’re more likely to stick to it. Put it on your calendar for a time that works best for you and stick to it.
- Get the appropriate outfit. Having the right running gear can make all the difference in motivation. Invest in good running shoes, comfortable clothing, and other essentials. When you look and feel good while running, you’re more likely to enjoy the experience and stay motivated. *See my Runner Must Have Here*
- Track your progress. Tracking your progress can be a great motivator. Use a fitness tracker or app to track your run distance, speed, and time. Seeing your progress over time can be a great confidence booster and help you stay motivated. * Get 100 Miles Tracker here *
- Mix it up. Doing the same thing over and over can get boring. Try varying your running routes, speed, and terrain. Maybe sign up for a race? Include strength training and exercise in your program to keep your body strong. (I find myself looking forward to running again on non-running training days). You can also incorporate other forms of exercise, such as cycling or swimming, to keep things fresh and interesting.
- Have fun! Remember, this is a hobby, not a job or punishment. Hobbies should bring you some joy. It could be cheering on a runner after a good, hard run, or pushing yourself to do something you couldn’t do before. Find a way to have fun running at least once a week. This will help motivate you to keep showing up.
Each tip is simple, but they only work if you follow them. Motivating yourself to run is all about setting goals to achieve, finding a running buddy, creating a schedule, getting the right gear, tracking your progress, and mixing it all up. Remember to start small, be patient with yourself, and celebrate your accomplishments along the way. With these tips, you can develop a running habit that will benefit your physical and mental health in the long run.
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