It is true that nothing can be achieved without motivation and when we are talking about running it is a complete mind game that runs with motivation and a will to achieve something. If you are a beginner runner, it may be difficult for you to get out of your comfortable couch and begin running. Even with runners who have been running for years, they need motivation too. Reduced pace of progress, injuries while running and some other factors sometimes become a reason for demotivation for expert runners too. Every individual is different and each one of them may be motivated by different things. Some may be concerned about winning a race and some may want to reap health benefits of regular running.
Gaining motivation, increasing it and maintaining it may seem to be a tough one but with the tips and techniques (to follow) you will be able to keep running for years and years.
Have an Objective:
Doing something without a meaning or an objective, you will be bound to lose interest in some time. Likewise, if you are running without an objective; probability would be that you will soon give it up. So you would have an objective, it may be getting your shape back, becoming healthier, reduce stress and depression by spending time running outdoors, winning a marathon or anything else. Your reasons may be different but you should have a reason to run for motivation.
Set Realistic Goals:
Setting specific and realistic goals with a deadline would be your major source of motivation for each run on the track. It would be good to keep your efforts going. You may set short-term daily goals or can opt for weekly or monthly goals too. Develop your plan for reaching those goals and then evaluate your progress. These goals would not only bring in more enthusiasm but would ensure that you run with increased and clear focus.
Develop Training Plans:
Wearing one of the best pair of running shoes and beginning to run would be the biggest mistake ever for a runner. Many newbies make this mistake that they begin training without a proper plan. They try to run as long as they can and suffer from injuries and pains that demotivate them. Eventually they give up. Develop an easy to follow plan that could keep your running safely and could aid you in progressing towards your goal. It is best to register yourself for a training program with weekly training sessions. They are easier to follow and keeps you from hassle of developing a plan all by yourself.
Maintain a Training Calendar:
For each run on the track maintain a register and note down details such as time travelled, distance covered, weather details, time of day, heart rate and any other factors that you find are relevant to maintaining your progress log. With this calendar or register, you will be able to better evaluate yourself.
When you follow same running routine every day such as running 100 miles straight, it may soon become boring. You re-energize your dull workout routine by exploring new challenges and joys of running. Make running an activity or an adventure that brings in new challenges; if not every day then every week or every month. Change your routine and make modifications with new routes, new exercises, new timings, and run and jump on track, cover new distances, hit the road with new speed and more. All of these tips would make your workout more fun.
Find a Friend to Run With:
Another great source of motivation would be to find a friend to run with. When you have someone sharing similar goals and they are great people to spend time with, you will be more motivated to have a fun time while running. Running would then become much easier. Your partner for run could be a friend, your spouse, your kids or anyone who is willing to share a run. Don’t worry if you do not know any motivation partner, you can find a running club in your locality and join it to make new friends who are runners at your level.
Register for a Race:
Entering a competition would definitely increase your motivation and would add a fun factor to you practice and running workouts. When you put your money and name on stake for a race, you will be all motivated to work harder to win the competition. It could be a marathon, trail race or any other competition for that instance. As you announce doing something like this, you will be all motivated to train yourself even if you have to cross obstacles such as weather condition, pains and anything else. Nothing could then demotivate you.
Make use of Technology:
Technology is making its mark in all ways of life with each passing year. When you need motivation for running, technology also proves helpful in this regard. Many of the advanced smart phones today include apps that offer you functions for a daily running routine. You will be able to find apps with tracking, timing and other functions. Additionally, they include tips for motivation and gives you a chance to evaluate your progress taking in to account varied factors such as pace, time travelled, distance covered and others. Many apps also have the ability to monitor your heart rate during a run so that you can perform at your best while being aware of your body conditions. Some popular brands are even offering GPS feature for new running routes.
Reward your Performance:
Rewarding your successful performance is another way of keeping yourself motivated to continue to achieve other milestones of your running program. It is important to appreciate yourself like you appreciate others in order to keep running. These would be treats and incentives for your own self. Rewarding yourself would enable you to be encouraged for competing with your own self and with others.
Making a resolution and sticking to it; whether it is running or something else can be truly achieved with a strong motivation. All these tips that we have shared here would help a runner in keeping himself motivated despite of all the injuries, pains and hard work associated with tough training. Celebrate your small success and make use of all the other tips keeping in view your ultimate goal and you will be able to win the race to success. Making running your routine and with time it will become your habit.