Every runner of every level needs a constant stream of motivation, and while that may seem to be a challenge, the fact is that once you establish the habit of running, which experts say takes 28 days, then the habit takes over, and you only occasionally need more of a boost than that. [Read more…]
Yes, I’m back. I know, you probably thought you’d never hear another episode, but surprise, I’ve just finished three, and I have plans for at least another nine. After the main topic of this podcast, the documentary film I helped to make, I’ll explain more about the future of this podcast. It’s in your hands.
I’ve been talking about the Human Race running documentary for years, now, but it has finally happened. The film premiered in LA in June and soon, you’ll all have an opportunity to see it. We’re hoping for a premiere in the Tampa Bay area in December and worldwide distribution is set for January.
At any given time, a percentage of runners will be suffering from a not so uncommon running malady, loss of their running mojo, the state of being without motivation, of feeling more like sitting than running. This is serious but not uncommon.
I’ll tell you this: As a longtime coach, I’ve seen this many times. The good news is that it’s never ever fatal, but the bad news is that it can go on for weeks or months, and if it goes untreated, it can be permanent. Yep. Some people never return; they actually cease to be runners. This is tragic, but not to worry. I’ve got twenty recommendations, and if one doesn’t work, you’ve got 19 more. Seriously, that’s like 20 different medications.
If you’re having motivation problems, start with #1 and go down the list.
No matter who you are and no matter how long you’ve been running, you have days when you need a reason to get out and run, a reason beyond the fact that you are a runner, you believe in running, you love to run and you know you shoud run. [Read more…]
Since every runner needs a steady stream of motivation to run, I thought I’d pass on five of my favorite motivation secrets. These tips are sure to help you get out the door the next time you’re just not feelin’ it. We’ve all been there, believe me.
1. Training Schedule
Post your training schedule in a spot where you can’t miss seeing it several times a day, the refrigerator is a good place.That way everyone in the household will see it, making it easy for them to support and encourage you.
Get a large wall calendar, and put it close to the schedule. Then every day that you complete the assigned workout – including designated recovery days – you get to put a big red ‘X’ across that day’s box. This is why you want a large calendar. That way even from across the room, you’ll see the chain of shiny, bright red X’s, and you really won’t want to break the chain.
Find a podcast that you really like, Mojo for Running, for example. I try to provide motivation with virtually every episode. Any podcast that you really like will work, though. I highly recommend NPR and TedTalks Podcasts for general interest. It’s hard to go wrong with those.
Find several friends who are willing to commit to training for the same goal race. Then schedule two days a week to meet to train. This will provide accountability, and you’ll look forward to chatting while you run, which will be possible because 80 percent of your miles should be at a conversational pace.
5. Audio Books
Get in the habit of listening to audio books during your run. Since many thousands of titles are available, you should be able to find one that suits your interests. One great, sure fire motivator is to listen to suspenseful page-turners. And one more little twist, only listen when you run. When you stop, take those head phones out of your ears. That will provide great motivation to get out there next time.
There! That’s it. Put those five running motivation tips in your back pocket and pull one out every time you struggle to get out the door for that day’s scheduled run.
Super excited to be celebrating the 100th episode of the Mojo for Running Podcast. To commemorate this day, in episode #99, I asked my listeners to send me their best running stories or their favorite quotes for me to feature them in this episode. Some are funny, some provide great running inspiration, some will give you goosebumps and some will make you feel good. EnjoyStitcher Radio
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Do you ever have a day when you just don’t feel like running, a day when your mind tells your body to get up and put your running shoes on, but your body doesn’t cooperate? You need a carrot; in fact, you’ll need a quiver full because that will happen to every runner from time to time.
Every runner at every level will, at times, struggle with motivation. That’s a part of running, but the longer you’ve been running, the more experienced you are, the more times you have experienced that delightful runner’s high, the more your body will keep seeking it. Most of the time, that’s all you need, but there will be times when even that memory will not be enough, and newer runners will undoubtedly experience this problem more often.
Newer runners may not yet have the fitness to be able to experience that famous endorphin high, making it much more difficult to get up off the couch and cross the threshold.
Whether new or veteran, these tips for running motivation may be the carrots you need to motivate you to get in your run:
1. Make standing appointments with friends. You won’t want to leave your running buds waiting or cancel when they’re counting on you.
2. Join a weekly pub run. Here in my hometown, we have five different pubs that sponsor an evening run once per week. [Read more…]