New Trier 5K

How To Stay Motivated To Run

S taying motivated!

Run your first 5K! Losing a few extra pounds and toeing the line at your first road race are two popular goals that can be accomplished together in the first few months of 2016. With a little discipline, and this training plan, you too can call yourself a 5Ker and show up on race day a little lighter.

New Trier 5K TeamRunning tops the list as the best calorie-burning aerobic activity. It gives the most bang for your buck compared to other aerobic pursuits. You’ll also see your energy levels increase and your muscles become stronger and more defined. More energy and added muscle equates to a nice metabolism boost, even when you are sitting on your butt.

What usually starts with a bang can sometimes fizzle a bit as the training progresses. The key is to find what motivates you, and what keeps your enthusiasm high. Follow all or follow some of these tips to keep you motivated!

1. SIGNED, SEALED, AND DELIVERED

Make a commitment to a local 5K by officially registering for it. Don’t wait until race day, when silly excuses not to run suddenly sound reasonable.

2. RUN WITH PURPOSE

There are many worthy causes to support or people to run in home or memory of. Make the training and race about more than yourself.

3. GROUP EFFORT

Find a friend to join the fun. If a local group or buddy isn’t available, consider seeking out an online community for support and encouragement.

4. REWARD YOURSELF

Every two weeks of consistent training give yourself a reward: a new pair of running socks, a massage

5. KEEP TRACK

Use a written or online running log to note your daily activities. Nothing’s as motivating as seeing the miles pile up. Good choices for apps and Strava and MapMyRun.

6. EYE THE PRIZE

Put your race registration on the fridge along with your training plan. Strategically post notes with your goals, intentions or other positive affirmations around the house, office and car.

 

 

 

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