Runners, love to run. However, it’s not uncommon for us to lack motivation from time to time. Most of the time, the hardest part is getting yourself out the door. Fifteen minutes into the run, you feel great and you are no longer struggling to find motivation. When you are finished you are glad you got yourself up and going.
However, sometimes our goals and training cycles can wear us down. We get caught up in goal times and races and we lose focus of why we are running, because we love it. After the Boston Marathon I quickly felt like running was becoming a chore and something I HAD to do, instead of something I GET to do. It was time for me to take a small break, and get back to the fun parts of running.
Here are a few things I like to do, to rekindle that enthusiasm for training.
1.Sign up for some fun races-This can be especially helpful for me when my goal race is months away. Racing always adds some fun to my race calendar and can be a great way to gauge fitness. Generally, I keep these races short and sweet. Mostly, 5k-10k races that aren’t as competitive.
- Need some ideas? Check out my post on Fall Racing in KC
2. Throw out the schedule/Plan– Structured training is great for reaching your goals. However, sometimes its nice to run when you want and what you want. More easy days and less structure is beneficial for both your physical and mental well being.
3. Be silly-Chase a ridiculous segment on Strava, run through the sprinklers. One of our local running clubs ran through the splash park one hot summer morning. The runners had a blast!
- As the weather cools off, check out this post with Tips for Fall Running
4. Run with friends– I always have more fun with friends. The miles seem to go by so effortlessly. Great conversations and a good sweat are always a power combo.
5. Buy some new fun new running gear-You know the say, “look good, feel good.” I am always itching to run when I get some new kicks or a new gadget I can try out on my run. Here are a few of my favorite accessories….
6. Cut back or take a break– If this feeling is lasting more than a couple days, your body could be telling you it needs some rest. Cutting back on intensity, duration or taking an extra rest day may just what you need.
- Read more about recovery here
7. Hire a coach. It may seem to be the opposite of my previous tips. However, working with a good coach and discussing your stumbles and pit falls can help you get right back on track. Similar to signing up for a race, hiring a coach can shake things up and get you excited again.