Running is by far the hardest and easiest thing I have ever done. After all, you only need shoes and some gear to run. That’s the easy part. The hard part is convincing yourself to run 3, 6, 13, even 26 miles. It takes a lot of mental training, perseverance, and motivation to complete these miles. Runners often start to give up, I know I have over the last several years. Here are some motivational tips for beginner runners or seasonal runners that are looking for some new ideas.
1. Find a Running Buddy
Running buddies are the best! You know you have to meet them at a specific time which will motivate you to get out of the bed or the chair. Having a running buddy can make your training runs in to a social hour so it’s not just a boring run. My running buddies are awesome and they motivate me to keep going when I want to give up.
2. Register For a Race
You know you want to, so go ahead and do it. Signing up for a race will help you stay on track with your training runs. Tell everyone you know what you are doing. By telling people, it will commit you to follow through so you can show off your accomplishment.
3. Mix Up Your Training
Doing the same routine over and over again can get boring. Try mixing your training week up by incorporating a new exercise. Cycling and yoga are some good exercises for runners.
4. Improve Your Mental Health
Running can be exhausting and the more miles you do the more tired you feel. However, running releases stress and helps improve your mental health. This can be a powerful motivator, especially when you feel accomplished after a run.
5. Set Goals
As a runner, I have a pretty significant list of goals mapped out for the next two years. Therefore, sit down and create a bucket list of realistic goals. Having a goal in sight will keep you motivated to train harder. Also keeping track of your performance whether it is training runs or races, can be a powerful motivator.