Motivation for Running Quote “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~ Henry Thoreau
We often have the best intentions on accomplishing something we had planned, but so many times something always gets in the way. The desire can be there but the motivating factor doesn't always make it happen.
Whether you're a total beginner or someone that simply strayed off the "beaten path" of running, we are going to try and help you get moving in the right direction.
Running is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to lose weight and get in shape. But even though we all know how efficient and convenient running is, we still find easy ways to rationalize not doing it.
It's always easy to say "I'll go tomorrow". As you can see below, there are many different ways to keep yourself motivated for staying on a regular running routine.
Motivation for Running Tools
Sign up for a race – This is one of the best motivation for running tools out there. Nothing can motivate a person more than putting their money on the table. After signing up for a race, also make sure to tell everyone what you did. This will give you additional pressure to follow through.
Keep a running journal – This can be a super motivating tool. By charting things like your body weight, and the time and the distance of your runs. You will be able to keep yourself on schedule. Once you start keeping a running journal, make sure to check back now and then to see how you are progressing. It is also easy to set short-term running goals and track them in your journal.
Run with a friend – Making a commitment to run with someone can make it more difficult to make an excuse not to run. Running with a partner also adds a social element to a traditionally solo sport. It could also be taken a step further by joining a running club.
Buy some new shoes or some new running gear – A form of “retail therapy” as my daughter calls it. This could help to reinforce your commitment to run. you could also set a short-term run related goal and reward yourself with an item when you hit the goal.
Have some variety – There are a number of different things you can do to make yourself a better runner and hopefully have some fun. You can add strength training to help make yourself stronger and make your running a little easier. You can also add some interval training to your running program once a week. This will add some variety to your running and also help you to become a stronger runner.
Start Your Own Annual Event
Pick a race to do every year. It could be a charitable race dedicated to a cause you believe in, or maybe just a race in your town. It will help you to stay motivated for this event coming up every year. Invite your family and friends to do it with you and it can get to be an annual event for everybody.
Lifestyle Habits to Keep You Motivated
Get plenty of rest – Proper sleep is very important for the recovery phase of running. There is no concrete answer for how much sleep you should have but it is better to be consistent and have good habits like going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. You should make sleeping a priority.
Healthy Eating – This can make all the difference in the world. By eating the right things every day you will have more energy and motivation for running.
A runner's diet should include lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Processed foods should be avoided as much as possible.
Recovery time – Don’t push it when your body is sore. Make sure to schedule some "down time" when you need it. Your body will be much better off. Over-training is one of the biggest mistakes runners can make.
I will continue to share ideas about diet and exercise that have helped me along the way. If you have any questions I can help you with, or if you have any ideas you want to share, feel free to contact me or visit our Q&A forum.