Lost your resolve to run? Here’s how to get motivated. Again.
It happens. Filled with New Year’s resolutions, you start the year strong, diligently ticking off run after run. But gradually the excitement wears off, you skip a workout here and there, and before you know it, lacing up your running shoes begins to feel like a chore. Don’t despair, though: you can find plenty of ways to push through the doldrums, overcome the excuses and restart your running engines.
YOU FEEL: OUT OF BREATH
BEAT IT: If you can’t talk in full sentences, you’re going too fast. Run one minute, walk one minute for 10 minutes. Shift to a 2:1 run/ walk ratio for the next 10 minutes. Do whatever you feel like for the final 10 minutes.
YOU FEEL: LIKE STOPPING
BEAT IT: Starting out too fast can lead to a sudden increase in muscle waste products that can make you feel sluggish. Head out slowly – and remember, no pace is too slow.
YOU FEEL: TIME-PRESSED
BEAT IT: Multitask: run on a treadmill while you’re waiting for a meal to cook or the clothes to dry, or run in circles around the playground while the kids play.
YOU FEEL: BORED
BEAT IT: Establish a mission for every run. Run to get a cup of coffee. Do a few accelerations in the middle of your loop. On measured paths or trails, try to run a few seconds faster every mile. Run your regular loop backward, loop through different neighborhoods, or call up a buddy to join you.
YOU FEEL: FRUSTRATED
BEAT IT: Once a week, warm up, then run four laps around a track. Time yourself. Set a goal to beat the time you ran the previous week. Every other week, slow down your longest run and increase the distance by 200 to 400 metres. Watching your mileage add up and your times go down is a great way to gauge your progress.