Days are shorter, the weather is cooler, and holiday demands compete for our attention. During this busy time of year, even disciplined runners may need an extra boost of motivation to work out. When you need an extra hop in your step try one or more of these solutions to rev up your motivation to run:
-A new route: You run past the same people, businesses, and homes every day. Sure, there is comfort in routine, but why not change your scenery? Go to http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/. Enter your address, and create a new path for your run. With the site, you can track your mileage, count calories, and see changes in elevation. A new route can allow you to explore new surroundings and shops you might have otherwise never known existed.
-New tunes: Many runners have a favorite play list to pump up their energy level. But if you run every day, and your play list becomes tired, you might too! Check out itunes for some new songs. Some recommendations include: Zombie Nation by Kernkreft 400, Transform Ya by Chris Brown, and Run This Town by Jay Z.
-New shoes: Experienced runners know it is important to change shoes every 300-500 miles to prevent injury. Select a pair of shoes that fits well and looks good—not only will the shoes help you run your best, but if you’re excited to lace up, you could be more excited to run!
-Switch up your workout: Does the thought of another hour on the treadmill make you want to stay in bed instead of run? Try the elliptical instead. If you run every day after work, maybe a morning run will motivate you. Changing the type, length, and time of your workout can provide the change you need.
-Register for a Race: Having a race as a goal for distance or time can inspire you to work harder. Once you register, you will lose your money if you decide not to participate. Mark the race on your calendar, and work toward it every day.