I think all runners experience burn out at some point. I absolutely love running, but sometimes my motivation is really low. This summer it has been a little bit low and I partially blame it on the heat. Sometimes when I am just so hot and sweaty (before I even start running) I wonder why I bother doing it.
So how can you keep yourself motivated when you aren’t really feeling it?
Write it Down
This is a huge motivating factor for me. I follow a training schedule that is written out in a little notebook. After every run, I write down how many miles I actually ran. If I am suppose to run 8 miles, but only run six then it kills me to write down that I only ran 6. Writing it down, really keeps me accountable. I also keep track of my miles in my weekly workout recaps.
Remember your Goal
Are you trying to build up to running a 5K without walking? Are you trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon? Whatever it is, we all have goals. Even very casual runners who don’t want to race have goals. Maybe it is to run 3 times a week every week. Whatever it is, remember your goals and use it as motivation to push you out the door on those sluggish days.
Set Small Weekly Goals
An 18 week marathon training program is long and sometimes the goal of PR’ing at a race that is months away might seem too distant. Make small goals for each week, such as doing a plank every day or running 5 times in one week. It can be motivating to achieve your small goals each week.
Get a Training Partner
For some people, writing down your training might not keep you accountable, but a training partner will. If there is someone you know you have to meet by 6AM in the morning, you aren’t going to hit the snooze button. You’re going to get your butt out of bed. Plus, having someone to chat with while running can make it much more enjoyable.
Watch a Motivational Video
Limitless? Spirit of the Marathon? You’ll be ready to lace up before the movie is over.
Look for Online Motivation
Read about what your favorite running blogger’s recent race or check out pinterest for some motivation.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Even Olympic runners have bad days and bad runs. Take whatever you can from the “bad run” and move on. Beating yourself up over it isn’t going to help your motivation.
Celebrate the Small Victories
Didn’t hit your target pace on your tempo run? Well at least you made it out the door and finished your run.
Ditch the Garmin
Run for the fun of it and enjoy yourself. Don’t put any time pressures on yourself.
Volunteer at a Race
Being on the other side of a race will probably make you wish you were running and will also inspire you as you watch so many others racing and competing.
How do you stay motivated?