I, like many people, have started new fitness plans only to let my new good exercise habits gradually slip away. I first started running when I was in college back in 2004, but got to be so busy with classes and studying that I didn’t run again for a couple of years. I came back to running a few more times before I made a few changes and running really stuck with me, and I wanted to share what has worked for me for running motivation and maybe it will work for you, too!
1. Sign up for a race.
The times that I had the most success with my running were when I signed up for a race. Having something to train for, especially that I had paid good money for, was something that really motivated me to get out there and run. Thinking about the fun you’ll have at a race and knowing the satisfaction you’ll have when you cross the finish line is great running motivation.
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2. Find some training buddies.
I don’t think I would have started running if I wouldn’t have had friends to run with. Running buddies give you accountability and give you wonderful running motivation. On the days that I didn’t want to go running, it really helped knowing that my friends did want to go on a run and I needed to be a good running buddy and get out the door. If running with others sounds like something you’d love to do, check out these tips from Runner’s World on picking the right people to run with.
3. Spend a little money on gear.
I found that once I had spent money on good shoes and a few other pieces of key gear like a good jacket, I wanted to make sure I stuck with running so that I got to use the shoes that I just spent my hard-earned money on. If you tend to make moderately large purchases on things that you wind up not using this may not be the key to motivation for you, but if you tend to plan carefully about bigger purchases, this could be the key for you.
4. Share your running goals and experiences with others.
Sometimes knowing that other people know that you are running is enough to keep you running. I know I’ve had times that I didn’t feel like going on the run, but I needed a nice running photo for the blog or wanted to post about running to social media, which was enough to get me out the door. Knowing that other people expect you to run can be great running motivation.
Runners: what gives you running motivation?
What’s your best tip for sticking with a new activity?