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GET MOTIVATED TO RUN
By: Kimberly Miller, MS
On great days, running comes easily. Those are the days when you get a “runner’s high,” that euphoric feeling that comes, often during long strenuous runs, with the release of endorphins produced by the brain. Every runner appreciates those moments, but what’s critical to maintaining a running routine is the ability to stay motivated. Try these strategies to help you achieve and sustain your running goals.
1. Use Positive Self-Talk
Self-talk is a powerful tool to maintain motivation and achieve goals. “If you are feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, it is likely because you’ve encountered some negativity and reinforced it in your brain,” says Fawn Germer, bestselling author and leadership speaker. Fortunately, that pattern can be changed by adjusting the types of messages we send ourselves. Make a list of five affirming statements and practice repeating them every day when you wake up and during your runs. Phrases such as “I am strong” and “I will finish this run” are examples of empowering statements. This practice will train your mind to think positively about your running routine and eventually help you regain the excitement.
2. Form an Alliance
Rob Wallack, expert runner and owner of the Arizona-based store, Runner’s Den, offers his customers many opportunities to participate in group runs. “On training days when everything is going right, we don’t need anyone else. As a matter of fact, other runners may get in the way of our experiencing those brief moments of timelessness. However, sometimes running with others is a blessing in that misery loves company.” Forming alliances with others is an excellent way to keep you accountable to your training schedule. Knowing that someone else is expecting you to run goes a long way toward staying on track.
3. Register for a Race
Avid runner Jennifer Presz shares that, “nothing compares to the energy and euphoria that spectators bring to a race.” This experience, regardless of your speed, talent or ability, can be a powerful tool to help you ignite your excitement and keep you motivated. Many races are not competitive; rather, they are designed to bring communities together to celebrate health and fitness. Look for these types of events in your area to help you stay focused and on the right path. MS&F