Even if you love to run, it can still sometimes be tough to get out the door. Maybe it’s raining, you’re stressed, or you’ve slowly lost sight of your ‘why’. Or, maybe you’re just beginning and though you’d like to start, it’s a bit daunting. In any case, internal running motivation ebbs and flows and it’s useful to have tricks in the bag when it seems to have gone missing.
If you’re sticking to a training plan or can tell that rest is not the right response to your lack of motivation: then make note of these tips that will help get you out the door.
Lay your clothes out the night before
This way, there is no stalling in the morning and there’s less thinking necessary. Gather everything you might need and fold your clothes in a little pile somewhere close to the bed so that when you wake up in the morning, you have what you need to get up and head out. This tip enables you to think less. Just do.
Set an exact time
Instead of deciding you’ll go for a run “tomorrow” or even “tomorrow after work”, decide on an exact time. Make it concrete. Decide that tomorrow you will be out the door by 6am and back in time to shower, get, dress, and arrive at work by 9am. And, set two alarm clocks if you have to: one to wake up and one 3 minutes before you should be out the door (i.e. 5:57am). Make it hard for yourself to get caught up reading the paper or scrolling through your Instagram feed in bed.
Find a podcast or audiobook you ONLY listen to while out running
Just make it a rule! And find something really juicy so you can’t wait to find out what happens next. Here are awesome running podcasts we love.
Create your very own running mantra
Talk about running motivation. This tip does have a con depending on your living situation and how open you are with your running goals. Either way, there’s nothing to be ashamed of here.
The first step is to create your own running mantra: follow these steps. Then, write it down and stick it on you bathroom mirror, in your journal, or on your fridge – somewhere you will see it (and you can choose whether others see it) – and let it help guide you to make the right decision when you’re debating whether to head or not. It will help center you, put things in perspective, and remind you how f’ing awesome and special it is that you run!
Run with a friend
You can always flake, but let’s face it: that’s lame. Make a date with a friend, partner, or family member and help hold each other accountable. Stick to your running schedule! Running with a friend also strengthens your bond and it might just help reinvigorate your love of running. Plus, it’s always cool to share successes and new milestones with someone.
If you truly don’t know anyone who enjoys running or is willing to give it a go, find a friendly running group on Facebook and share a sweaty after pic when you’re done. The hoorays and congrats you’ll get will be truly gratifying. Yay for friendly strangers.
Download an app
Download a running app with a training plan that will do the scheduling and planning for you. It can be easy to get caught up in the details: not knowing where to run, for how long, etc. Having a ready made plan can prove particularly fruitful if you’re a planner. And on that note: check out why you might occasionally want to stray from your plan.
Get a dog
I mean… food for thought, right? Basically all dogs love to run, and having a cute accountability coach never hurt. As previously mentioned, running motivation ebbs and flows but a dog will ALWAYS remind you it’s a good time to go out for a run. *cue very cute dog:
Have more tips on how to get out the door? Let us know below! And if you’re in need of a little more inspiration, check out Caroline’s running transformation story.