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Need Running Motivation?  Sign Up for a Race!

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Today I wanted to pop in and talk to you about all things running lately, so here we go!

If you’ve been following me for a while on the blog or on social media, you know that a lot of my fitness life involves running.  I found running my freshman year of college and it’s been a love story ever since.  Well, up until earlier this year.  I’m all about sharing my real life experiences with you here on the blog, so let’s talk about it.

On motivating yourself…
When I am having trouble motivating myself to get out and run for an extended period of time, I know it’s time to shake things up a little bit and find something that will give me a little extra push out the door.  Sometimes it’s setting a new goal, like clocking a new fast time on a normal running route or tackling a long hill with fewer (or no) walk breaks, or running someplace new for a fresh perspective.  Even downloading new tunes that you only listen to while you run can help you lace up those running shoes!

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When even that doesn’t work for me, I know I need something to work towards, and that something right now is a race!  I’ve been in a little bit of a running rut ever since injuring my foot earlier this year and haven’t quite been able to bounce back to the habit of running.  Setting mini-goals for myself hasn’t been successful, so I figured a race would do the trick!  I won’t pay for something and not follow through (with the exception of my marathon earlier this year…but I was injured so that’s a little different!).

I signed up for the Buckeye Half Marathon on October 25th and am super excited to be back on a running schedule, working toward finishing the half strong and smiling!  Finishing a race strong is always my goal and I’m already thinking about what it’s going to take to get me there.  Time to dust off my Nike Sportwatch… 😉

So…if you’re stuck in a running or fitness rut, try signing up for something new, like a race, a new fitness class, or even a personal training session!  If you’re like me, you won’t waste your hard earned money on something and will be much more likely to go if you’ve already paid for it.  (PSA – if you sign up for something like a race, be sure you allow yourself enough time to train properly to avoid injury!)  It’s up to you to find what motivation works best for you, but if you need or want a little additional support, I’m always happy to help!

How do you stay motivated to run/workout?

Are you signed up for any fall races? 

For my fellow runners – which distance is your favorite?  5K, 10K, Half, Full, or Ultra?

Have a great Monday!




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