How to Stay Motivated When On a Running/jogging Program
Define your goals – set a specific goal of weight loss or performance standard (3 miles in 30 minutes, lose 10 lbs in 30 days). Write down a plan of action to achieve that goal.
Music – find some great music to listen to while running. The right songs can motivate, inspire and give you that little bit of extra energy to take it to the next level.
Run with a partner or group – running with others can be motivating and fun. Find a friend who likes to run or a local running club that meets regularly for runs.
Consider getting some of the other running gear that is available on the market: running socks, compression shorts, moisture wicking shirts, etc. These products can make a big difference in your comfort, which in turn makes you more likely to continue.
Avoid injury – Warm up properly. Don’t press yourself too hard on any one run (you can’t do it all in one day). Listen to your body. If you have pains and aches then respond. Take a little while off, stretch properly and see a doctor, if necessary. Working through an injury can really kill your momentum so its best to take preventative measures.
Accountability network – tell others your plans to embark on a new running challenge. Share with good friends and/or family members your specific goals and ask them to keep you on track. Knowing they are going to ask you about your training can be very compelling to make yourself follow through.
Track your progress – It feels good to see yourself improve and increase your endurance and that will translate to continued success.
Strive for the goal. I’ll make a promise to you. Running will (eventually) become fun. That’s why so many people do it. So keep on running!