If you are anything like me the worst part of running is getting ready to run. From putting on my clothes to walking out the door I procrastinate like no other. Some days it takes me longer to get ready for a run than it actually takes me to run, and it’s not because I’m a fast runner.
The funny thing is that once I’m actually running I don’t mind it, and when I finish a run I’m glad I did it. Because of this I’ve come up with some ways to motivate myself before the run.
Buy running clothes you’re excited to wear.
Yes that’s right, I’m telling you to go shopping! Go get yourself some workout gear that is comfortable, and fun to wear while you run. It will make you so excited to want to use them. Don’t go using your old gym shoes that give you blisters, or you will never be motivated to run.
Find a route you love to run.
After you’ve gone running a few times, find a route that you just love to run. Who cares if it is the same route every single time. If you’re happy that’s all that matters.
My favorite place to run is a local cemetery that is gorgeous, flat and has fall leaves for days.
Have a playlist you run to, and even a playlist you get ready to run to.
Some people don’t like to listen to music while they run, but that is what keeps me motivated and on pace. I have started using the “Running” feature on Spotify which gives you music that you can run to at a certain pace. All the songs mesh together into the same beat so you never have to change your running rhythm.
If you need some motivation before your run make a playlist to listen to that gets you pumped for what you’re about to accomplish.
Whether your runs are short, long, flat, hilly, hard or easy at least you’re running and staying healthy. If you can get passed the pre-run procrastinating you can do anything you set your mind to.