This kind of reward mentality is very helpful for those who are trying to get into the habit of running every day or every other day. Before you build up the habit, exercise can be tedious and frustrating. However, keep in mind that once you get in the routine, going back to do your run will be easier and easier. Soon, your body will crave the release it gets from your daily run, and you won’t be able to get through your day without it.
Even the most dedicated runner has problems staying motivated sometimes. Whether your problem lies in getting out of bed in the early morning hours or in stopping at the gym on the way home from work, or even staying to run that extra mile, you may be looking for new ways to keep going. Motivation can take a variety of of different forms. Anything from new music on your iPod to finding a running group or running partner can be helpful.
The first key to staying on track with your running program is to realize that you are not alone. Many runners have issues with motivation, so stop feeling sorry for yourself and find out what keeps you going. If you are a new runner, taking up the sport to lose weight and feel better about yourself, find a motivating image that will help you along. Maybe there’s a picture of yourself at your desired
Until that happens, however, indulge yourself with some rewards for getting through your daily run. While it is probably not a great idea to give yourself junk food or sugary treats every time you reach a running goal, you may have other ways you can satisfy your cravings. If you complete every day in your running program for a week, go out and get yourself a pedicure, or go shopping for that item you’ve been dying to purchase. Say yes to yourself, and all yourself mini-rewards every time you meet a goal.
Self-rewards give you positive mental results as well. All that encouragement will force your body to associate success at running with positive rewards. Getting over the frustration and sometimes even the boredom that come with a regular running program can be difficult, but with the right tools you can keep pressing forward to a better and stronger you.
Ultimately, you as a runner, are responsible for your motivation. However, there are many different ways to stay motivated and stay on track with your running.