Last week one of my friends called me up wanting to know if I still ran. Still ran? Well, yes! Who do you think I am? Of, course I still run! She wanted to know because she wanted to start running again but was having some trouble with the whole motivation thing. So, I told her not to worry and we set up a morning run for three days this week.
I was a little worried at first because I’ve always been a solo runner for the most part; but, I have to say that I am benefitting from this morning running partner setup just as much as she is. The miles fly by as we chat and it splits up my milage so nicely.
I thought that today I would share a few little tricks I use to help me stay motivated:
Schedule your workouts: If I set up a schedule at the beginning of each with my workout for each day than I know it will get done. If I know what kind of workout I’m doing the next day I have time to mentally prepare for it. This set up works really well for me so I know that I’m not running willy nilly and risking burn out/injury.
Workout in the morning: I have always loved my morning workouts. There is just something about getting up before everyone else and running around town. The peace and quiet before the day gets started. My morning runs become my time. Another benefit to running in the morning is that I know that my body has a full 24 hours to recover before I run again. This is huge because for aehile I had been running at different times throughout the day and found that it really took a toll on my body.
Train for a race: You don’t have to sign up for the next half marathon or marathon in your town but maybe a 5-k fun run, a mud-athalon or tri-athlon of some sort. This way you have a tangible goal to work towards. There is no better feeling than finishing a race that you have spent months training for.
Take rest days: A few weeks ago I was stuck in a serious running rut. Not only did I start training for my marathon way to early but I was running way too much. I took a week off from training and by the time that week was over I was more than ready to get back at it.
Switch it up: Another contributer to my burn out a few weeks ago was that I was running too much. I needed to add in some cross training days. Now, I run 3-4 days a week and incorporate biking, hiking, walking, strength training and pilates. It keeps things interesting! Variety is the spice of life!
Plan a great breakfast: Who says food is a bad motivator? Not me! Pancakes? Waffles? Oatmeal? Yes, yes and yes! One of my favorite things about my long runs is the time after my long runs. Coming back and doing the whole ice bath thang and then fixing myself up a yummy breakfast is the best.
Yep, I <3 breakfast.
Milage for the day included my 7 mile run. Having a running partner makes a world of difference. I ran two miles down to the trail we planned to meet to run 3 together. Once we finished I ran the two miles back completing my 7 miles.
It was great. Having someone to run with for the middle 3 miles really split up my run nicely this morning.
Here’s how my run went down:
- Mile 1: 8:53 pace
- Mile 2: 8:30 pace
- Mile 3: 8:45 pace
- Mile 4: 8:30 pace
- Mile 5: 8:50 pace
- Mile 6: 9:15 pace
- Mile 7: 8:30 pace