Home > Cleveland Rocks, Running > 5 Tips To Stay Motivated

5 Tips To Stay Motivated

These days I find it hard to stay motivated to run. And since I’m running the Rite Aid Cleveland 10k in May I should probably get a move on already!

So, here’s what I do to stay on track when I find myself lacking motivation:

  1. Keep track of my progress. I have a cork board in our “gym” (i.e. the room with the treadmill!) with my most current training schedule. It helps when I see a red “X” on the days I completed. The more red X’s the better!
  2. Give myself a break. Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed. Period. So, if I’m feeling this way, I’ll give myself 3 or 4 days or rest instead of 1 or 2. Helps me reset and, most of the time, I’m itching to get back at it after 4 days!
  3. Break it up. I have a hard time thinking in terms of time (especially with running now that I do shorter Crossfit workouts most of the time). So, instead, I break it up. I’ll do a 1 mile warmup and then break the middle up into 400m intervals and then finish with a half mile cool down. The time flies by!
  4. Make it fun. I love to play loud music and sing/dance along, run with a friend, or even race around the track with C. Whatever it takes to keep me to smiling!
  5. Make it a family affair. My most favorite runs always include the boys. We run, talk, catch up, and sweat – all in normally 30 minutes or less. When it happens, it’s my favorite 30 minutes of my day!

CIMG0868.JPG

What do you do to stay motivated??

I’m an official blogger for the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. I received a free entry to run the 10k in exchange for blogging about my experiences. It’s my favorite race!
  1. April 2nd, 2014 at 04:44 | #1

    I think tracking your progress makes all the difference! Its fun to see the steps towards your goal

  2. April 2nd, 2014 at 08:00 | #2

    NUMBER TWO NUMBER TWO!!!!
    MIZ recently posted…Travels with Charming: equine-style.My Profile

  3. April 2nd, 2014 at 08:50 | #3

    I stay motivated by taking a day off if I need to (like today ;-p) BTW, love the family running photo!
    Jennifer F recently posted…Cottage Cheese, Please! Lemon Chia Tea Cakes with Berries Recipe #GlutenFreeMy Profile

  4. April 2nd, 2014 at 11:06 | #4

    I need to refocus. It’s been since December that I really gave it my all each and every day – and I can’t keep letting the excuse of working two jobs get in the way with it – because it is just an excuse.

    Monday my gym reopens with all new equipment and renovations – I am going to take your idea and make myself an exercise chart – love the idea of making X’s to show progress!
    Biz recently posted…Egg White Breakfast TacosMy Profile

  5. April 3rd, 2014 at 15:59 | #5

    At different times, I need different motivation. But when things go seriously down hill, it’s time for NEW running shoes, NEW training tops, New shorts/capris, NEW ANYTHING to train in.
    Joanne recently posted…Foot Issue and Cocoa Muffins with QuinoaMy Profile

  6. April 9th, 2014 at 15:33 | #6

    I had to laugh when I read about your red X’s on your training schedule! :) That’s exactly what I do, except mine are always blue slashes. I keep mine in my kitchen. I don’t know what it is about seeing the accomplishment those blue slashes represent – it just keeps me so motivated! So much so, that I even put a blue slash through the “rest” days. Haha. Maybe it’s just that it feeds into my constant need to be working towards some kind of goal. I also appreciated your sharing how you take more rest time when you get overwhelmed. I’ve learned the hard way (from overtraining – and then being sick on race day) how important that can be! Thank you for sharing your journey!
    Christina recently posted…A New SeasonMy Profile

CommentLuv badge