Whether you’re just getting into jogging as a hobby, training for a big race or you just love to run, everyone knows that keeping yourself motivated on runs, especially longer ones, can be tough. So how can you set yourself up for success when it comes to running and ensure that you keep going when you just don’t feel like you can do it?
1/ Have A Motivational Playlist Ready
The right music is shown to significantly influence sports performance, especially when it comes to running. Before you get going, make sure you have a playlist full of bangers that will make sure to keep you pumped. Whether that’s Ariana Grande, Lewis Capaldi or Queen- use your favourite artist to inspire super endurance.
If you’re bored of your regular music and it’s just not doing the job of keeping you motivated, try listening to a completely different genre of music than your usual stuff. Sometimes all you need to do is shake it up!
2/ Create a Running Ritual
According to some experts, being motivated often comes from the habit of the behaviour which is created by actually just STARTING the action. So, if you have a run scheduled but you really aren’t feeling it, try putting your trainers on and getting out there before you can think about it and put yourself off. Once in motion, it will be easier to keep going and your motivation to grow!
3/ Pace yourself
Make sure you begin your run at a slow pace. This will give you time to get into the rhythm and warm up. This also helps you conserve energy for the end of a long run, the time when you are probably feeling defeated, both mentally and physically.
Fuelling yourself correctly with the right food will help you have more energy. Try have a healthy energy bar, such as PRESS’s plant-based bar an hour before your run. It’s equally important to make sure you stay hydrated throughout the run to prevent muscle cramps.
4/ Have a challenge or goal to work towards
Sometimes you need a little extra something to get you up, as well as keeping you going during a run. A challenge or goal can be a strong motivator to overpower such lack of motivation. This can be a short-term goal, such as trying to run a faster time, or a long-term goal like a specific weight loss target. Having something to work towards reminds you that the run is about more than just the action!
Plan a reward for after your run, so you have something to look forward to! This could be a lovely bubble bath, an evening relaxing in front of the TV or even a delicious PRESS Vanilla Leche Nut Milk!