Where To Get Running Motivation

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Sometimes I am not motivated at all to run. I know I need to, but I just think of every excuse not to.  We are all motivated by different things.  So where do I get motivation to actually get my shoes on and get out the door?  The first place is other blogs.  When I read about what an awesome run someone had, it makes me want to do it to.  If I’m reading about how people are training for a race, it gets me excited to do the same.  It also helps me to ignore my excuses and just go.  I start thinking that I’m sitting here being lazy reading about all these awesome runs; I should be out there too.  It helps me to change my way of thinking and get out the door. 

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The next place I get motivation is from my friends and family.  If they are asking me about my runs I want to be able to give them a good answer.  It holds me accountable.  When my runner friends or family members talk about their own runs, I want to do the same.  Plus, isn’t the reaction you get awesome when you tell someone that you ran a bunch of miles today! 

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I also find motivation through quotes.  It’s kind of like a mantra.  I will read one and repeat it over and over to myself.  It helps me get through my run.  I find lots of motivation on Pinterest.  I save them on my phone, and tape them to my mirror.  They really help me on days that I’m unmotivated.  

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Finally, I get motivation from me.  This is the hardest one for me.  There are days that I just do not want to run.  I am so tired or I have too much to do.  But, I keep telling myself that this is for me.  My run is something I enjoy and it is for me.  I think about how far I have come, and what I am capable of now that I never dreamed I would be.  That gets me motivated to go.

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Where do you find motivation?

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2 thoughts on “Where To Get Running Motivation

  1. Emily Reply

    Great blog. It’s so easy to find excuses, but we need to have an outlet that brings us up out of our chair. I believe blogs, friends, and Pinterest memes are a big help. Thanks for the great post!

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      Tara Reply

      Thank you! 🙂 I’m so glad you liked it! I think all of what you listed are great ways to find motivation! And yes, it is easy to make excuses. But, then I feel guilty when I am reading other blogs about people getting it done and I’m like I’m sitting here reading this instead of doing something!

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