I have always been fairly good at finding my running motivation when it’s nowhere to be found by using some tricks I have come up with over the years.
Since my motivation is hiding somewhere lately, I thought it would be a good reminder to myself, and anyone else lacking motivation, to list out my tricks to finding it.
Run with Friends
Running with other people always seems to work for me when I am having problems finding motivation. When I have a friend to run with I don’t hesitate to get out the door, the time goes by fast, I am distracted and happy!
Find a New Route
Running the same routes day in and day out definitely get boring and can turn running into a monotonous chore. I have different routes for different seasons (based on daylight) and I can always tell towards the end of a season because I am so sick of my running routes (ahem right now). A great way to make running interesting again is to go run somewhere completely new!
Buy a New Outfit
This may sound silly, but it works. When you have something you are excited to go run in, you want to go run! New running clothes always make me feel happy, so this is a great way to find some motivation.
Find a Group
Having a group to meet is always a great way to get running. I know on Tuesdays I will always find a way to run since I have team lemon run club every week. It’s a great way to meet people, find new running friends (see point #1) and is just plain fun.
Maybe you have to run your same daily route and you don’t really have a choice in mixing it up. Trying running your route backwards! Things always look different from a different direction.
You can always run the backward time from when you typically run. Maybe you always run in the morning… try running at night!
Change the Surface
Are you always running on pavement? Change it up and try running on some dirt trails. If you are always on dirt, maybe give the pavement a shot. It’s definitely a different kind of running when you compare the two, so it’s nice to have a change.
Have fun with your running and make it fun by playing games! I like to play stoplight games if I am running on streets. I let the stoplights tell me which route to take depending on which light is green.
You can always play speed games by running hard until a certain point. The miles pass by so fast when you are paying attention to other things while you run.
Try a different form of exercise! Get on your bike, do some weights, go for a hike, get in the pool… some exercise is better than none, maybe your body and mind just need a break from running for the day.
And when all else fails, maybe it’s just time for an extra rest day or a break to recharge those running batteries.
Now I am off to practice what I preach and go find that motivation!
What are some tricks you use when your motivation is hiding?