2014 Run This Year
I remember feeling burned out on running at some point during my challenges to run 12 half marathons in 2012 and then again with 13 in 2013. I thought to myself once or twice, “not another race” and “not another training run.” It’s likely to happen again this year with 2 year long running goals, 14 in 2014 and Run This Year 2014.
I speak from experience when I say, remember, when you start feeling burned out…it’s temporary and there are ways to get past it and love running again. I promise.
We’re over six weeks into the challenge of Run This Year 2014. With 1000+ miles on the horizon, you may be wondering how you will maintain motivation and avoid boredom. You’re probably asking yourself, “How can I maintain the excitement and motivation from sign-up through December?”
10 Tips To Stay Motivated For A Year Long Running Goal
- Set mini running goals. A year long goal can become overwhelming. Focus on small weekly or monthly goals. Break down the mileage or maybe set a pace goal. When you set the mini goals make sure to include rewarding yourself!
- Find a running buddy (group). Even if both of you aren’t doing the challenge (or even better, convince them to join 2014 Run This Year with you) find a running friend and set a time and day that you can meet to go for a run together. Or join a run club and run with a group once or twice a week. You are less likely to skip a workout if you have plans with a partner or running group.
- Try something new. Try a trail run, plan to run when you travel, or find a new route at home. Have you ever run fartleks?
- Keep track of your mileage. Watching the numbers increase is motivating. Seeing how you run closer and closer to reaching your goal goes a long way! Keep a Miles in 2014 log on your blog and don’t forget to log your Run This Year 2014 miles here> Run This Year 2014
- Spice up your training wardrobe. It may sound silly but find a few items that make you feel confident, fast, and strong! You’re more likely to put the workout gear on if it makes you feel good. You’re more likely to go through with your workout if you are dressed for it!
- Add variety with cross training. A year long goal definitely doesn’t have to be BORING. Add cross training into your weekly workout plan. It’s not only a fun way to add a little variety, it’s smart running!
- Rest and recovery are necessary. Remember, when you’re planning your runs make sure to include time to give your body the rest it needs. If you don’t take time to rest and repair you risk injury and exhaustion. Both of which are discouraging barriers to achieving your running goals.
- Run events. Sign up for a race and include a few fun runs. With running events the atmosphere is invigorating. The crowd, energy and finish line keep you focused on your love of running!
- Don’t get discouraged. If you don’t meet your weekly or monthly mileage. Revisit your plan and make changes as needed.
- Take a short break from running. I speak from experience when I say at some point during the year there is a good chance you’re going to get burned out. Expect it but know that it doesn’t last. Focus on another activity that you enjoy and come back refreshed and ready to run.
- BONUS TIP: Remember why you started running in the first place. It is easy to forget why you set a year long running goal in the first place. Try to remember how you felt when you started – when you signed up – when you told everyone about your goal. You felt excited and motivated! You made a commitment to your future self when you signed up; keep your focus and have fun along the way. You’ll thank yourself at the end of the year!
What tip do you have to stay motivated for 12 months!
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