Motivation tips & tricks

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Good morning!!

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. 

I don’t consider myself a pro at staying motivated, I wanted to share with you what works for me.  Things could get cray cray up in here, I just refilled my coffee mug…

Sign up for a race

Hands down, this is my go to when my motivation is lacking.  I feel like I have something to train for and when I invest in a race I take it a lot more seriously.  I also sign up for smaller distance races when I’m training for a half marathon to help build confidence and keep my training momentum going.

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Encourage others

This is something I’m working on.  Not that I don’t like encouraging others, I’m just not that good at finding cool things to say.  Of course good job never goes out of style, right!?

I’m more along the lines of tough love.  I can’t stand crybabies and I’m more of a suck it up cupcake kinda girl.  But I also know sometimes we all just need a little kind encouragement too.

I appreciate it so much when readers/virtual friends encourage me, so I’m working on giving back!

Join #runchat & #fitblog chats on Twitter

This is where you will find health, fitness & run nerds that could chat about PR’s, fartleks, bacon, races and pretty much all things fitness forever.  It’s like a melting pot for fitness geeks like me.  Plus I’ve found some really great virtual friends there too.  :)

#runchat is the 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month at 5pm PST

#fitblog is every Tuesday at 6pm PST  

You don’t have to be a blogger or anyone special to join, hey they let me in.  You just a Twitter account.

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Read health & fitness blogs

This is one of my favorite motivators.  It’s actually their fault for turning me into a run nerd in the first place.  I can always count on my favorite blogs to inspire me every day.  It’s so much fun being apart of the blogging community.  

Change things up

Take a new class, focus on speed work, do yoga, drink more coffee, go indoor rock climbing.  Really anything to stay active and give yourself a break from the usual is a good thing. 

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When all else fails just do it. 

I never want to feel like running is a chore or something I have to do.  If running sounds like torture, I take the day off.  I try not to take more than 3 days off in a row so if I still don’t feel like running then, I’ll suck it up and go.  So far I’ve never regretted a run.

What motivates you?

Please share your tips & tricks!

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0 thoughts on “Motivation tips & tricks

  1. Sonia the Mexigarian

    Motivation is hard for me. Even if I sign up for a race, I’m like “eh….i’ll be okay” and then a week before it happens I freakout and worry over my lack of training. i really need to stick to a training schedule for the RNR SF in April. it’s sneaking up on me. a good swift kick in the arse is what I need.

    i’ll have to give that #runchat a try. I saw you tweeting it yesterday and I was wondering what it was :)

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  2. Erin Gates

    Love the quotes-and I do think you encourage others everyday by having this positive blog. I look forward to check in w/ you and leave so often w/ a smile on my face. I don’t know but you share yourself so well w/ others that I feel like I do:)! I agree the best motivator for me is signing up for a race-not sure I would’ve ever kept up the longer distances if I had not registered for my first half.

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  3. sweetlybalanced

    I’m a champion at signing up for races! I just love them! I also love reading blogs of people who just love fitness/running.. It definitely helps on those days that you just don’t feel like moving! :)

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  5. TorontoRunner

    Hey! Found you through SR just now.
    Love the ways to stay motivated.
    I have to say, one of my number 1 go-to things is to read blogs. Reading people getting out there running, swimming, biking, doing anything active ALWAYS helps me get out the door when I’m not feeling it!

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