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.
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!
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.
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.
Where do you find motivation?