During the first few months of your running journey, there will be times that you won't feel like heading outside to pound the pavement. Here are my Top 6 Tips for Staying Motivated during this crucial time as a new runner.
1. Register for a Race (or several!)
Putting the money down for a race and writing a date on the calendar is one of the best ways to stay motivated! As soon as you've made a solid commitment to running, it's a good idea to register for something like a 5k or a fun run within a few months. Counting down to race day will get you moving on those tough days when you'd rather stay in bed.
2. Use an app like MapMyRun
Any app that tracks and logs your running and allows you to follow and add friends will be a fantastic tool for motivation. I can't count the number of times that I have not felt like running, only to get a notification on my phone telling me that one of my friends just completed X Kilometres. It pushes me to head out the door.
3. Set Goals and 'Run Rewards'
Set realistic goals, and allow yourself rewards when you reach them. I treat myself to different things at the end of every 100 km that I log - such as a new workout top or a massage.
4. Get Social
Use social media such as Instagram*, Facebook or Bloglovin' to stay in touch with the running community in your area! Through photos, videos, advice and words of encouragement, the inspiration and support found in the online running community is incredible.
*Rocky Mountain Soap Company Run hashtag is #RMSCRun15 :)
5. Find a Buddy
Running with a friend, spouse, partner or running club will keep you accountable. Just make sure that you find a buddy who is around the same level as you so you don't get discouraged in the beginning.
6. Stick to a Schedule
Whether you're training for a marathon or are just trying to run for 30 consecutive minutes, setting and sticking to a schedule is crucial. I typically write a rough schedule for the next 3-4 months (depending on my goals) and then write a detailed, structured, day-by-day schedule every two weeks. Treat it like a job - if it's on the calendar, you have to show up!