Yesterday Bridgette and I finally had our weekly check-in for marathon training. I really like our weekly Skype calls. We probably talk 2/3 about running and 1/3 about just regular life stuff (okay, maybe it’s 50/50) 😉
Today the main thing we talked about was motivation. Bridgette has been having a little trouble getting motivated for training. Before our call, I wrote down some motivation ideas for training. 16 weeks is a long time to stay motivated, so I thought it would be great to have a master list to reference when getting out on the road seems tough. I think this will hit me later in the season when I have long runs and if the weather starts to get cold and rainy and I have to run before the sun rises or after the sun sets.
- Train with a friend or with a group of friends. This is tough for both Bridgette and I. Neither of us have friends locally that are training for a marathon. We are both looking into finding some groups we can run with but don’t want to pay for a traditional “training group”.
- Change where you train to add new scenery. I am thinking of trying out some trail running and just going to a new location around town.
- Sign up for other races. Having short term goals can help to keep you motivated and focused.
- Rewards. New gear, a “running vacation”, massages – whatever it takes.
- Have someone drop you off
- Write down your short and long term goals. Display them in a place that you can view them every day. Acknowledge your accomplishments on a daily or weekly basis. The journey of training is an accomplishment in itself.
- Have someone drop you off at a given distance and then run home. On days where you just don’t want to run, this trick works!
What is your best motivational tip?