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.
3. Run with a running store group. Locally, we have one running store that holds a weekly Thursday night Wine and Chocolate Run. How does that sound?
4. Hire a running coach. A coach will make sure you have a schedule and hold you accountable for sticking to it.
5. Hang a large wall calendar in an obvious spot and write your miles down each day, and if you don’t run, put a big fat zero. You won’t want to do that.
These strategies will work for all runners of all levels on the days when your running mojo is nowhere to be found.