With the new year, there are a lot of resolutions going on and a lot of goals we want to accomplish. A lot of you guys have issues staying committed with running and are looking for running motivation for the year ahead of us.
There are a few tricks how to keep up with your running motivation throughout the year even when the weather is shitty and all you want is stay in bed and skip that run.
Running Motivation: Let’s talk commitment
#1 Schedule your run
We all have a busy schedule and sometimes it is hard to squeeze in our workout. We rather skip it instead of actually making time for it. Finding the excuse in being busy is something that I hear a lot from my clients. Just to give you guys some sort of motivation and scoop you into my routine: I have a full-time job, I run my own business with this blog and my running coaching, I run (obviously) and I also implement bodybuilding into my routine. I’m a daughter, a best friend and I have a life beside all of this. With that being said I want you to realize that your day has 24 hours. If you really have a goal (losing weight, becoming stronger, faster or bigger) you have to make the time for it.
Let’s say you want to run 3, or even 4 times per week. Find out which works best for you: Running before work, or after. If it’s before work, yes, set that alarm at 5 AM and wake up early. You will get used to it. Trust me there is no better feeling heading to the office knowing you already got your workout out of the way.
If you rather train after work, make it a habit and have a coffee and a 30 min rest after you got home and then go and crush it. Once you implement your running into your daily schedule and your routine, you will see how easy it will be to stick to it. Running motivation fades fast with excuses. Don’t make time for them.
#2 Consistency is key
I just mentioned the word habit, right? Whatever you do in life, once you do it consistently, it is easier for you to make it a habit. It becomes part of your life. Like brushing your teeth in the morning and at night. I always recommend, if you’re that type of person that tends to lose motivation at some point, get yourself a running plan and follow it. This will give you consistency and it will help you with running motivation.
Even when I’m not training for a specific race I have a training plan I follow. It is not even necessary that this plan is following a goal. Just having a plan helps to keep up with running when the motivations is becoming less.
#3 Can’t make it? Split it.
I know, life can be tempting. All these friends who aren’t running, or just living a different lifestyle. Those who don’t eat as healthy as you do and then they invite you over on the weekend. You will have wine, drinks, probably pizza and maybe you will stay out longer than you had planned and boom your long run, which should always be the main focus while you’re training for any race is in danger.
It has happened to me before and it will probably happen to you, too. My advice for the morning after: Try to at least do something. If the energy the next day isn’t really there, split your long run into two parts. Run the first one in the morning and hit the road at night again.
It won’t have the same training affect on your system, but you did at least something, right? This will make you feel better and also help you with your running motivation because you stay committed. When I’m traveling to Germany I’ll have the craziest jet lag the first morning after I got there. No matter how tired I am, I’ll go for a run. It’s like saying hi to my country.
#4 Socializing helps
This trick is something that I have realized during my marathon training last year. It kind of freaked me out knowing I have 20 miles ahead of me, so I ran it with a friend of mine which helped a lot to stay consistent throughout the run and not to give up. Also as a beginner, if you sign up for a running group or you find a friend you will go for a run with, you will have a harder time canceling on them instead of just being responsible for yourself. Connecting with friends through running makes it easier to stay committed to the sport.
Going back to the thought of being super busy with life: Think about how great it would be to combine both working out and being with a friend. Also it will challenge you to run faster and become a stronger runner. Group runs are a great way to embrace yourself as a runner.
At the end of the day running, or any kind of activity you do to stay fit and healthy is something you really have to want to do. These 4 tips to keep up with your running motivation will only help you, if you have decided for yourself to accomplish your goal. Nothing in the world will ever be fun if you’re not loving it. This happens with running, eating habits, relationships, your job – everything.