When you started your new training program, you were super motivated to get started. But as the weeks have gone by, you may have found it to be a little more difficult to lace up those shoes. Having things in your training plan that will keep you motivated in an important aspect of any training program. Below are some things to think about when you're especially unmotivated. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. But it's important to find something that will actually get you out the door and on your way.
1. EVERY MILE YOU RUN burns roughly 100 calories. Depending on the intensity of your workout, you may even burn more.
2. KEEP A TRAINING LOG. There are many reasons why every runner should keep a training log. For example, you can keep track of how workouts felt or routes you liked the best. You can also keep track of how many miles you've run in your shoes and Superfeet this way.
3. HAVE A DAILY GOAL. While it's important to have a goal race or a goal time for a race, it's also important to have goals for workouts. Maybe it is a technique goal, maybe it is a pace goal, maybe a goal of running faster at the end. Whatever your goal is, start small and make it more attainable.
4. RUN FOR A REASON. Do a race for charity, to set an example for your family, or just to stay fit !
5. JUST START. If the thought of running your full workout is too much to bear, just suit up to run around the block. Chances are, once you're outside, you'll start to feel better and put in most, if not all, of your scheduled run. And remember, you will almost always feel better after a run than before.
6. DON'T EXPECT EVERY DAY TO BE BETTER. Some days will be slower than others, and some day might even hurt a bit. But as long as you're on the road, it's a good day.
7. COOL CLOTHES. One thing to love about running is that there is very little you actually need to run besides shoes. However, there are so many cool running clothes out there. Sometimes it is possible have more running clothes than work clothes !
8. COOL GADGETS. There are lots of cool gadgets -- GPS watches and IPods ! While running clothes and gadgets are expensive, anything that get you moving forward is well worth the money you spend. Not to mention the years added to your life in terms of your health.
9. YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD FOR A GOLD STAR ! Yes, it's dorky, but place a star (or simply a check mark) on the calendar for each day you meet your goal and complete a planned workout. All those stars or checks will look pretty awesome after a while. Visualizing your progress in this manner is very encouraging.
10. DON'T FORGET TO BRAG! Telling your friends, family and coworkers about training makes you feel good. For example, seeing the look of shock on their faces after telling them about a particularly long or hard run is gratifying. In fact, just knowing you're going to tell people about an especially hard run is sometimes all you need to actually get through it. So, go ahead and brag. You've earned it.
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RRCA Certified Coach
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Fleet Feet Sports, Gaithersburg, MD