1. Listen to something different
Music has been shown to have a big impact on performance, and so changing up what you listen to can in turn, change how you perform. The trick is to really change up your style. If you listen to the same songs every run, change them up for the top hits of today. If you already listen to rocking beats, listen to a podcast or audio book instead - get hooked on one and look at how you’ll make any excuse to head out for your run.
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 boost your running motivation. We recommend joining the On running club on Strava for even more motivation from the community there.
3. Have a challenge to conquer
If you already track your running you’ll have a great base to build off to set yourself a personal challenge. 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 excuses to head out there with purpose.