Have you been having a hard time staying motivated to run? Or perhaps you’re frustrated because you’re not seeing improved results? Whether you agree with either or both of these questions, they do raise a good point on the factors that drive people to keep running in the first place.
While much of it is due to motivation and dedication, the next question is to know how to enjoy running. It’s one thing to say that you’re passionate about the sport, but another thing to implement it.
In this article, we’ll show you some ways on how to get yourself to love running. Through self-motivational exercises and good planning, you’ll be eager to lace up those shoes and start hitting the road!
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Having a physical copy of your workout regimes will push you to actually make them happen; no more lying around and about anymore!
Keeping track of how many miles you logged in, the time that it took you to run it, and other factors like heart rate and split times will give you a sense of accomplishment each time you complete a workout, as well as inspire you to run faster for the next one.
Have trouble waking up for morning runs? Force yourself to set your alarm clock early, so that you’ll be forced to get up and make your workout a reality!
Besides being useful for recording time and distance in your record book, using a sports watch is a great way to see how long and/or fast you should be going, especially in real time. It’s good for timing yourself for set runs, in order to see if you need improvement or not.
However, even if you have all of these items listed above, it’s entirely up to you—your body and mind—to go forward and use them. By not taking the steps afterward to achieve your goals, you’ll short-end yourself from becoming a better and happier runner.
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Especially if you’re a beginner to running, then it’s not ideal to start off your first day running a marathon distance. Not only will you burn out quickly, but you’ll also feel unmotivated to run again the following day. Be realistic and start by setting small goals for yourself.
For instance, aim to finish one mile on the track without being out-of-breath, before increasing your mileage and length of workout. Granted, it’ll take time to go from zero to one hundred, but rest assure that by making reasonable goals for yourself, you’ll get there soon.
Starting any workout regimen doesn’t happen without making a plan at first; you can’t simply wake up one morning and decide to run ten miles. Use a planner to organize how frequently you want to run in a week (or how often you can do so, depending on other life factors), as well as what workouts you plan to do each time.
Essentially, planning it out will make you more willing to go out and achieve your goals, especially if you get to check them off later in your record book once you complete that five-mile run. If your goal is to complete a 5K, then plan your workout around getting to that stage, as well as sign up for the upcoming race, to make sure that you stick with it. There’s no backing out now!
Did you hit that snooze button on your alarm clock for the fifth time this morning? Decided to skip out on today’s workout because you were “too sore” from last week’s one-mile run? Making excuses for yourself hurts no one except you, and the whole process defeats the whole purpose of wanting to run faster and better.
You’re only disappointing yourself, so no matter how hard it might be to roll out of bed in the morning or to continue running despite not “feeling it,” those first few strides on the pavement will not be as hard as you had thought.
While it’s good to have a plan and stick with it, also listen to your body when it comes to possible injuries. If you’re a novice runner, then starting out suddenly with an increased workout regimen makes you susceptible to injuries. Pay attention to when it starts to hurt, and know that it’s perfectly fine, even ideal, to ease off on training to let your body recover.
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From planning your workouts well to running regularly, perhaps you’re seeing some improvement on your runs. However, if you feel like sometimes it’s too much for you no matter how hard you try, know that it’s all right to step back and reevaluate just what your purpose is.
For instance, you might be winning all of the 5K races or PR-ing everything on the mile run, but if running is starting to become more of a chore than a hobby, then know that it’s okay to take it easy the next time around.
No one has the right to pressure you to do things outside of your comfort zone, even yourself; in the end, knowing your limits keeps you motivated to continue running in the long term.
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While it may seem at times difficult to keep yourself motivated to run, let alone enjoy the sport, taking a moment to step back and reflect on your goals and passions will help you to ground yourself and hopefully get your body and mind back on track.
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