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Top 5 Tips To Get Back Your Running Motivation

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It’s the beginning of March, which means Spring is just around the corner. The days are getting longer and warmer weather is soon on it’s way. It also means that many well intended New Years Resolutions have either tumbled long ago or may have whispers left only soon to be forgotten by the months end.5 tips to get back your running motivation

Motivation can be a real struggle when it comes to running. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you are a runner, there is or has been a time in your life where you may have battled with motivation for whatever reason.

Remember though, that moment when your mind is telling you to quit is often the time when we need it the most.

If you dig deep and really push through those times where you really are lacking the motivation, you will come out so much stronger on the other side.

If you dig deep and really push through those times where you really are lacking the motivation, you will come out so much stronger on the other side.

I still struggle with motivation sometimes, but I have a bag of tricks to utilize when I need an extra kick to get out the door!

Here are my top 5 tips to get back your running motivation:

    1. Hit the trails. 

When I am losing motivation, it’s usually after a whole lot of pavement or treadmill running. Running the trails brings a sense of peace and calmness to your run that will leaving you craving for another.

    2. Join a virtual Facebook running group

I am in several Facebook running groups and have “met” some of the most inspiring runners there. They come from all different backgrounds and are at all levels. If you really are looking for motivation and inspiration (usually from inspiration comes motivation) after you join a Facebook running group, post a question simply asking, “why do you run or how did you find running?”. The stories that some of these runners share will bring tears to your eyes and have your heart filled with love and awe.

    3. Join your local Road Runners Club.

Your local Road Runners Club will connect you with other runners. Often, there are scheduled group runs and races that are discounted or free offered to the members.  I am consistently amazed  at the dedication of the runners in the my club and sense of community I feel. Looking for your local Road Runners Club of America? Click here to find one near you: Road Runners Club of America

   4. Sign up for a race. 

I know, personally, if I am lacking motivation- I will sign up for a race. It commits me to a training plan. This way, when my Saturday morning long run comes around, I know that I HAVE to get my run in because I have a race in so many weeks. It gives me a goal and a target.

  5. Find a running buddy or running group

You will be a lot less likely to skip a run if you have a friend waiting for you. Doesn’t feel so good to be that person sending the “I can’t make it this morning blah blah blah I drank too much last night blah blah blah” text does it?. Nope. You will be more likely to stick your running plan if you have a running buddy waiting for you. Don’t know where to find one? Check our your local Road Runner Club or local specialty running stores in your area.

What about you? What are the ways that you keep yourself motivated through the tough patches of training?

~ Be The Change

 

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Runner, yogi, nursing student, wife and mother of 2 beautiful boys in Dayton, OH. I hope to educate, empower and inspire others live more mindfully and balanced lives!
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