1. Listen to something different
It’s easy to beat the voice telling you not to run if you can’t hear it. Music has been shown to have a big impact on performance, so changing up what you listen to can, change how you perform. The trick is to really mix up your style. If you listen to the same songs every run, change them up for today’s top tunes. If you already listen to rocking beats, listen to a podcast or audio book instead – get hooked on one and you’ll be looking for excuses to head out for your run, not to stay on the couch.
2. Track your runs
In the past few years, technology has brought new ways to measure how you run. From heart rate monitors to GPS wrist watches, quantifying our lives has become mainstream – as has quantifying our running. Apps like Strava give you a great place to store where you run, how far, how fast and how high, and can show you local routes and roads you may not know. If you’re looking for a GPS running watch that syncs with Strava, check out our friends over at Polar. If you don’t track your runs already, this can prove to be one of the most effective (and easy) ways to stay motivated when your inner challenger’s shouts to quit get louder. Knowing you’ve only got another 200 meters until the next kilometer mark or wanting to earn kudos from your online followers can spur you on to go that little bit longer. We recommend joining the On Running Club on Strava for even more motivation from the community there.
3. Have a challenge to conquer
An external challenge can be a powerful motivator to overcome the one that comes from inside, especially when you’re short on time or the weather’s against you. If you already track your running you’ll have a great base to build off to set yourself a personal goal. This could be running a faster time over a certain distance, which you try for once a week, or maybe pushing your longest distance, or elevation, or total runs you do in a month. The point is to have some kind of personal goal to measure each run against, giving you more reason to head out there with purpose.