Let’s face it, training for a race isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There are days when the alarm goes off and the last thing you want to do is run. Instead of a run after work, you’d rather meet your friends for pizza and beer. How do you stay motivated to keep going? This week on Getting in Gear with Josh and Erin, we join Josh Thomas and Erin Mayer over pizza and beer as they discuss how they’re keeping focus on their goals to run the Half-marathon and 10K this May. Fargo Marathon Director Mark Knutson has a few motivational tips of his own.
How to stay motivated for a race
1) Pay for your registration well in advance. It’s hard to leave money on the table just because you got tired of training.
2) Mix it up! Look for a race of a shorter distance than what you are running to give yourself a mid-training goal. Or if you’re getting tired of the same old scene, get away for a weekend and run somewhere completely new
3) Buy some new running clothes or a new accessory – Sure, it’s bribery. But if it works who are we to argue?
4) Try running with music if you haven’t in the past – Some apps such as Grooveshark even allow you to select playlists that are customized to how fast you run.
5) Step on the scale .ask yourself if you’ve really stuck with the plan that you set out in January. If not, it might just be the motivation you need to keep at it.
And finally, understand that indulging in a good night out with friends, pizza and beer or not, might be just the break you need. When it comes to fitness goals think marathon, not sprint. Lifestyle changes in exercising and eating right shouldn’t be short term quick fixes. You’re more likely to make long term positive changes if you give yourself a break, don’t live in constant denial. It’s okay to have a cheat day once in awhile. You can get back in the race tomorrow.
Next week, what’s the deal on all of those energy bars? And one of the best items to consume after a run that you probably already have in your refrigerator.