Staying Motivated to Run, Part 2

by Glenn Duker

continued from Staying Motivated to Run, Part 1.

In the final installment of our running guide, we list three additional tips to keep yourself motivated and focused:

3. Run with Friends

Some runners prefer to run alone, basking in ambient sounds or taking music or audio books to listen to as they exercise. For others, groups comprising fellow runners provide a constant source of motivation and support. Ask friends, family members, or colleagues if they are interested in running, and then have them join you or adjust your schedule to accommodate theirs.

4. Alter Your Schedule to Present New Challenges and Goals

Doing the same thing over and over quickly becomes dull, offering less incentive to work hard. As long as you feel comfortable, change up your routine every few weeks, or decide on a rotating schedule that works for you, and substitute in new running routes and goals. Changes in scenery will give you something new to concentrate on as you run, and new performance targets help to avoid complacency in your exercise schedule.

5. Pamper Yourself

After every run, or after a set period of consecutive runs, such as a week or month, treat yourself to something fun and healthy as a reward for a successful exercise session. Rewards give you something to look forward to when you are working hard, and provide a reason for you to stick to your schedule. If you back out of a running commitment, do not accept your usual reward; save it for next time.