Wednesday, May 1, 2019

6 More Ways to Find Motivation to Run

Motivation --- Probably the question I get the most about running. I've answered this question a lot around here, but I get it. Because having the motivation to run or workout, in general, can be tricky. There are a lot of different reasons you might not feel motivated to workout and some of them might even be good reasons. But if you're wanting to find more motivation to workout, and you don't know where to get that motivation I'm going to share a few more things about getting motivated to workout with you.

1. Find the right gear: First, the right shoes. There are some great running stores, who know that it's really hard to find the right pair of shoes if you haven't run in them, and they let you try them out at the store. I know that 26.2 is one store that lets you run on a treadmill with the shoes. Here in Utah, there is a fantastic, family owned running store called Runners Corner. I have been getting my shoes from them for years and they are amazing at working with you and letting you try different shoes. Find your local running store and have them help you find the right style and size of shoes.

  Next thing you need to have is good, comfortable running clothes. I shared about how/where I find my running clothes HERE. I hate running in loose clothing. I just don't like the way long sleeves rub on my arms when they move. If you're not comfortable, you're not going to like running and won't be motivated to do so. Find clothes that fit, that you are comfortable in, that are breathable. Don't just find what you have in your closet that might work. Even down to the socks.

 If you're going to run with things like your phone, water, an inhaler, etc...I suggest finding something to carry them in on your body so you don't have to hold them the whole time. My favorite thing to use is called a RooSport. You guys, I have three of these in my house! You clip them on your waistband. They clip on with a magnet. You forget that it's there. It doesn't move or get uncomfortable. It doesn't rub. It's a perfect size. I can fit my iPhone with headphones in there. There are zipper pockets for things like money and keys. That comes in handy when you're running a race. If you're a runner, look into it. Seriously one of the best gifts I have ever gotten. You can get a roosport on Amazon here. (affiliate links)

2. Find your perfect time of day: I say "your" time of day because everyone is different on this. I'm definitely a late morning-afternoon runner  (honestly, I don't mind running whenever I can fit it in). But because of my schedule, I have to run first thing in the morning or after my kids go down for bed. That's really hard for me and I always talk to my husband about how much I wish I could run in the afternoon. He, on the other hand, is a morning person for workouts. If he waits to work out he feels like he's waisted a whole day. Everyone is different, find what works for you. Even if that means running with your kids in tow or running on your lunch break. Find a time that you know you'll go running.

3. Set goals: They don't have to be goals like "I'm going to run a marathon". Just make small goals for yourself. Measurable goals.  Progress is the number one thing that helps me feel motivated. So if you're like that too, make goals like "I'm going to run for 10 minutes today." or "I'm going to go running three times this week." Those are goals that you're going to keep because you can see the progress and you won't feel like you're working for nothing.

  With those goals, track them. Find an app, make yourself a sticker chart. Somehow make yourself accountable for those goals. One of my favorite ways to help me stick to my goals is to tell someone about it. Someone who cares and who will be excited about it for you. Someone who will ask you once in a while how it's going. If you can't think of someone who would do that for you, email me. Seriously, I will be your cheerleader.

4. Warm up: warming up and stretching were both really hard for me to do at the beginning. I felt like I could do better by saving my energy and not warming up. But it's been proven to help. And It would have saved me a lot of trouble with any injury. So just do it. It's worth it.

 5. Listen to your body: This doesn't mean that every time your mind says that it's too tired to run, you don't go. This means when you're hurting and you need to give yourself a recovery day, do it. Again, I would have saved so much trouble with injuries in high school if I'd learned that the first time. You don't want shin splints, and you do Not want a stress fracture. It's not fun to be in that much pain. So when you feel your body getting really worn down, give yourself a day or two. No more than that. Ice your legs, stretch, relax and get better so that you can perform better. (That doesn't include your muscles being sore from the day before. There's a difference).

6. Find outside motivation: I have a couple of favorite quotes about running. I don't know who said either of them but they are both exactly how I think every runner feels. The first one is "If you would have gone running when you first started thinking about it, you'd be back by now." The other one is "The hardest step for a runner is the first one out the front door." Because these are both true, you need some kind of motivation to push you along. Find a running buddy, Find some good pump music. Sometimes listening to a book on tape helps more than music.  Whatever you do, don't get lazy and don't give up. Keep going, because if you stop, you might not start again.

  Here is a short, kind of funny, story about what motivated me in high school. As I mentioned before, I ran off of stress and anxiety. One of my coaches caught on to this. He noticed that I did a lot better in my races if there was something driving me. I was just coming off of a back injury and I wanted, so bad, to run the 800 meters (2 laps around the track). He told me that because I had been injured they weren't going to put me in that race, just a few races that would keep me moving but not pushing too hard. I was livid. I'd been working so hard to get back and they weren't going to let me run my race. He let that brew inside me for an hour or so and then came and said that I could run it if I promised to PR (personal record). I promised him that, and I did it. I cut almost 7 seconds off of my time that day. After a season of this happening, I realized he was sometimes doing it on purpose. It worked. It drove me further. So if it helps you to think of all the things that make you mad, do it. Run all of those things off until you feel like they are no longer problems. I'm telling you when you're done running, you'll feel that light feeling, the happy runner's high everyone talks about.

I'm always looking for new running gear, what are some of your favorite things to run with? Anyone have a great running playlist? Please share below. 

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