How to Get Motivation to Run
Running isn’t always easy, especially when training starts and you have to ramp up mileage or do extra workouts. But there are ways to make it easier. If you’ve been trying to find the motivation to get out for your run, we have a few suggestions you could try to help you get the mental energy you need to push yourself.
1. Try Running First Thing in the Morning
A great running strategy if you’re struggling with motivation is to start running in the morning. This might seem counterintuitive because it can be difficult to wake up early if you’re not a morning person. However, once you’ve done it a couple times, running in the morning really does get easier. Morning runs allow you to put running first on your schedule so that you get it out of the way for the day.
How to Motivate Yourself to Run in the Morning
There are actually a lot of hidden benefits to running in the morning that can help motivate you to start. A great motivator is how accomplished you’ll feel after completing a morning workout. That sense of accomplishment can help you feel awesome for the rest of the day.
Another great benefit is the fact that you will have more time in your evening for socializing, family, or just kicking back. Having that freedom in the evening will feel a lot better than trying to squeeze in a run after a day that might leave you tired or busy.
2. A Running Partner or Group Can Help
A lot of people think running is a solo activity or workout, but it doesn’t have to be. A fun way to get into running is with a group or a friend. It’s easy to make excuses when you don’t feel like going for a run, but having a workout partner, group, or coach, to hold you accountable is an excellent way to make sure you show up and run.
Finding a Workout Partner
There are a couple of ways you can find a partner to run with. One way is to just ask people you know, like friends and family members. Coworkers might be interested too, but there’s also meetups, websites, and apps that can help you find a running partner. Running can be a great social activity, and in fact, it’s recommended that to help keep an easy natural pace, you try talking while running. Having a partner to chat with while you run could be what was missing in your training!
Benefits of a Workout Partner
There are major benefits of having a workout partner to help you get out there and run. A big benefit is an accountability, which means you won’t likely bail since you’d be letting someone else down other than yourself. There’s also the support that comes with having a partner to work with you on your goals. You can push each other, challenge each other, and be the source of strength the other needs to get through the workout.
3. Switch Up Your Training Routine
Another suggestion that might seem counterintuitive is changing up your workout. Adding in some new ways to run can actually be good motivation. The same old path or road can get old fast. If you’re losing interest in your runs, it will be a lot harder to want to run.
Try going a different path or even a new path.
If you run on the road, try going for a run on a race track. If you usually stay on flat ground, try hill reps or a treadmill with an incline. This is a great way to keep running interesting and help you work different muscles that you need for strength and endurance. Adding in strength training, like weights, and other forms of cardio, like swimming or cycling, is another way to get some variation in your training and make you feel more motivated to go on your runs.
4.Make a Mantra
A good mantra can keep you going when those extra miles get tough. It can be a mantra that reminds you why you’ve chosen to run, a mantra that reinforces your commitment to run, or just one that you like to say to yourself that makes you feel good. Many a coach will tell you that running is a mental sport. It’s been shown you can reprogram your mind so that your subconscious stop fighting you and instead, helps you.
Thoughts like “I’m too tired” or “I can do it later” often prevent us from getting the motivation we need to do our runs or workouts. But a simple mantra like “Strong with every mile” or “I can, I will,” can be the mental habit to go along with your physical training. Even elite runners have their own mantras they tell themselves when they need motivation. Try to come up with a mantra you like, that motivates you personally.
5. Goal Setting: Commit to a Race
If you haven’t used an upcoming race as motivation yet, you should. Pick a fun race, a challenging race or a bucket list race, and then set realistic goals to focus on it. It doesn’t have to be a competition – you can pick a personal record and try to beat it. Keeping track of your performance on every run can really help you see improvements and keep your motivation up to achieve your running goal. You’ll also be able to look back and see what worked best and understand how to better achieve your long-term running goals for races or PRs.
If you’re looking for a trail race to commit to in Moab, UT, Grassroots Events has two beautiful trail races you could try:
Try the Red Hot 55k and 33k and the Amasa Run, which has 10.5k, 15k, and 25k options. And if you just want to get outside and run with a tour guide, our sister company Canyon Voyages offers guided runs too! Book one today or contact us if you have any questions.