Staying Motivated

Runner

OK, you passed that first hurdle and are actually capable of being able to run. Congratulations. Now, running will become a routine and that often comes hand in hand with boredom which leads to lack of motivation which leads to, you know where this is heading. However, you might be the type of guy who simply enjoys spending 30 minutes, four or five times a week, jogging around the block and you will be able to blissfully repeat that over and over again till your old age.  Or, you might hate running and consider fitness a vile tasting medicine you are forced to take forever and ever.  If you can go on doing it with that attitude, good for you!  For others, losing a few kilos and being able to walk up five flights of stairs without being winded is motivation enough to keep at it.

For the rest of us a little more incentive might be needed.  This is what I like to do.

Train for an event

Training. Sounds important, right?

What sounds better?

“I’m getting my cardio in because my doc says it will lower my cholesterol,” or

“I am training for the 8th Annual Chaffed Inner Thighs 5K fun run”

Training for an event will give some meaning to your running.  The classic distances available are the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon (21K) and Marathon (42K).  Pick one and you will now give purpose to your runs.  Your normal 30 minute run will become a ‘recovery run’ because the previous day you either had a ‘long run’ or even a ‘speed session.’  You will have variations on the normal daily run.  There are tons of schedules for every type of race out there, I will be talking about my favorite ones in future posts.  Some of the more poplar (and free) schedules out there are Hal Higdon, myAsics, Bupa, and Coolrunning.

Running Tourism

A good idea is to sign up for races that you can combine with a family road trip, or a getaway with your wife.

“Honey, let’s go to Lithuania for the weekend”

“That’s a great idea!”

You got points already.  Now, the fact that you will have your romantic dinner at 6:00pm, there will be no bottle of wine and you will want to be asleep by 10:00 is something you can make up for the next evening after the race.  If you live in Europe, plug in a few places and dates at Running Calendar and plan your trip!

Stats

If you follow sports, you are probably into stats, and running is not any different.  You can track your progress via a huge variety of gadgets and software.  Here you can see a clearer copy of the run below.

run map

So, everything can be recorded including your speed, heart rate, running cadence, the route you took, the distance you covered.  Almost anything you can imagine run related can be tracked.  A lot of the info will help you become a better and more efficient runner.

So, if you find running to be getting  boring, there are many ways to make it more interesting.  I would be glad to hear what others do to keep it interesting.

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