Last Friday, I was anything but motivated. The amount I wanted to run wasn’t just 0%, it was probably -20%.
As a runner and a running blogger, I am supposed to be motivated all of the time right? Otherwise, I have failed at my self-created duties!
What happened that particular day?
- I had a meeting in the morning. I’m a morning runner and the later it gets, the less motivated I am to run. Some people like to run later, but I’m not one of those people.
- I was already stressed out from outside life factors. For some people, running is their stress reliever. For me, I feel when I run, but I enjoy other things to relieve stress.
- Finally, the weather was the coldest it has been all year. It’s not an excuse, but cold weather can be so demotivating. Sometimes, the last thing I want to do is freeze in the bitter wind while running.
Ultimately around 1 pm, I found myself with a choice. Either I was going to run, or I was not going to run. I had my running clothing in the car and instead of going straight home to think about running, I went straight to the gym.
I can’t tell you I’ve always decided to go for a run when I haven’t felt like it but on Friday I manged to get a solid treadmill run in.
Many people ask how to stay motivated to keep running.
The short answer is: you just do. Motivation has to come from you wanting to run not from a blog post telling you how too.
But of course, there are a few tips I have that keep me motivated to just run:
- Forget pace and time. Just take the simple and basic sport and go for a run. Remember why you fell in love with the sport. It wasn’t run a specific time or pace, it was just moving one foot in front of the other. It shouldn’t feel like a chore.
- Think about what you would actually be doing in your running time frame. For me, I know I would just be sitting on the computer and honestly doing minimal work.
- For some people looking at motivational quotes, pictures, and social media gets them out running. That’s awesome and if that is what gets you motivated go for it!
- For me, I get motivated through seeing my local friends and runners getting through it. If they can get through a run in the same elements, then so can I!
Remember, at the end of the day, it’s just running. If you take a day or two off, that’s fine. Your overall fitness is built on consistently running, not just one day.
Questions for you:
How do you stay motivated when you don’t feel like it?
What is something you’ve accomplished recently?