How To Keep Running When Motivation Fades
One of the biggest challenges that many new runners face is keeping motivated. Any time we add a new habit to our life, we start with a jolt of excitement and adrenaline that gets us off to a good start.
After that initial excitement fades, it can be hard to keep the motivation up. This is when it’s really important to find new ways to keep our running motivation high!
Easier said than done, right?
I created a Running Motivation Guide with some of my favorite tips to stay motivated to run, especially when races are canceled:
So Why Is It So Hard to Stay Motivated to Run?
Motivation is an Emotion
One of the reasons that it’s so hard to stay motivated to run is that motivation is an emotion. Emotions come and go. We may feel highly motivated one day, and the next day, we are feeling completely differently. Our moods change, and our emotions change. We can’t depend solely on our daily emotions to guide our behavior, or we won’t get much done!
Life is Full of Distractions
We live in a very busy world and there is always an endless list of things we need to do on our to-do lists. It’s easy to get distracted from our goals because we have so many distractions and options at our fingertips. When it’s time to do our daily run, it is easy to be distracted by all the other things we can do. We can watch TV, have a snack, go on social media…the list goes on and on. There will always be a distraction that seems more appealing in the moment than going on our run.
Change is Hard
We get started with a new goal with the best intentions, but the difficult truth is that change is hard. We often fall back into our comfort zones when it comes to our daily habits, and changing those daily habits takes effort. If you’re willing to put in the effort to drive change in your life, you’ll surely reap the benefits!
You Don’t See Fast Results
When we finally do implement new habits in our life, we hope and expect that we will see results right away. We expect that we should lose weight, feel better physically, or emotionally after every run. That won’t always be the case. When you first start running, you will need to push through physical and mental hurdles to keep going. You shouldn’t expect to see instant results every time.
Running Motivation Guide
The good news is I’ve created a Running Motivation Guide to keep you motivated to run even when you run into these roadblocks and hurdles.
How do you stay motivated to run?
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