- Change up your tunes.
Make a new playlist of songs. If you’re tired of music, try listening to stand up comedy albums. Spotify has lots you can stream on your phone. (My favorites are Jim Gaffigan, Kathy Griffin and Hal Sparks.) If those don’t appeal to you, try podcasts or the NPR app. If you always run with headphones, try a quiet run without any music at all.
- Get new shoes.
There’s nothing like a shiny new pair of shoes to break in! Especially if your shoes are worn or bothering your feet, treat yourself to a new pair. Splurge and go to a local running shop where they can analyze your stride and fit your feet. Having a new pair of shoes to break in should get you out the door, and having better-fitting shoes should keep you moving!
- Turn off the trackers.
If you’re obsessed with your Garmin or run-tracking app on your phone, scrutinizing your splits and distances… maybe it’s time to turn it off for a while. Try taking an “unplugged”, free run.
- Run with friends.
I’m typically a solo-runner, but there is something to be said for running with friends. Having a buddy or joining a running club makes you accountable to get out there and put in those miles! It also gives you people to commiserate with when you’re having a bad day…
- Read running blogs and/or start your own running blog.
If you don’t have friends that are interested in running, finding a running community online can be the next best thing! Reading running blogs has been a huge motivator for me, and blogging to share your own running successes and failures makes you accountable to keep going!
- Change your scenery.
Instead of running your same old route, seek out a new place to run. If you’re usually a road-runner, try a trail run to change things up.
- Sign up for a race.
Put down the money and commit to a race, then commit to a training schedule to prepare!
- Try mind tricks.
If you’re not in the mood to run, make yourself at least go for a 10 or 20 minute walk, then decide if you want to keep going or quit. Once you’re dressed and out the door, it’s much easier to talk yourself into going just a few more minutes or miles.
- Take care of any injuries.
Don’t delay a trip to the doctor if something is bothering you. The fastest way to halt your running career is with an injury.
- Go easy on yourself.
It’s not all-or-nothing. Even a short walk/run is better than not going out at all!