What to do when you don’t feel like running

Evidently there are going to be days when motivation is waning and you just don’t feel like getting that workout in. Thankfully there are ways to combat this inevitable dread that can keep you from your workouts. So here are some tips to keep yourself motivated for your runs.

Plan workouts in advance

Planing your workouts in advance is a great way to help keep you accountable. You have already carved out a time in your day for the workout so all you need to do know is show up for that slotted time. Another great suggestion that goes hand in hand with this is to pack you gym bag or lay out your workout clothes ahead of time. This way you have your workout planned and your outfit ready to go. No time to overthink; just put on that outfit and go.

Run with friends

Now I get that we don’t all have a super fantastic run partner, but if you find yourself one then hold on tight and never let go. A good running partner is like gold. They will keep you showing up for your runs and are great company for those long runs. Not to mention it is generally safer to run in a group!

He may not be running with me; but having someone along for the trek sure made this run a fun one!

You can do anything for 10 minutes

I live by the motto that you can do anything for 10 minutes. So when it comes to workouts and runs I will commit myself to 10 minutes. If after 10 minutes I am still not feeling it then I will call it a day and start back up tomorrow. Generally, after 10 minutes your mind and body will tell you if it can keep going. And there is no shame in calling it a day. Because, if you are not feeling it, then your body is telling you that you need a break.


Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Sometimes staying motivated for your workouts means that you have to be mindful not to try to take on too much all at once. Understand where you are and what you are aiming for and take small manageable steps to get you there. One quick way to get burnt out before you reach your goal is to push yourself too hard. Then you end up mentally exhausted and sidelined with an injury. To combat this listen closely to your body and/or get advice from someone with more experience than you and make adjustments accordingly.

Listen to Music, Podcast or Audio Book

Sometimes all it takes to get that motivation you need is a pump up song or a good podcast/audio book to listen to. This gives your brain something else to focus on instead of feeling miserable about having to get the workout it. I just advise that if you run outside, avoid having both headphones in so you can still hear oncoming cars, people or dogs. Really just make sure you stay alert so you can avoid dangerous situations.

Keep it fun

Running and workouts should be something that you enjoy doing. Keeping it fun will help you show up day after day. When you start to feel like you are stuck in a rut of workout dread then switch it up and try something different. It could be a workout class, orange theory, anything, just change it up. And know that even though its good to keep it fun you won’t enjoy every single workout you do. But, don’t let that keep you from showing up for the next one!

I hope these helpful tips will help keep you motivated for your next run! If you have any other suggestions or questions feel free to contact me.

Happy Running!



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Release from Liability: The content of this website is for general information purposes only. I am not a license professional, nor do I claim to be an expert on running/physical fitness. Therefore, any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk. I encourage you to refer to a doctor or professional for advice regarding specific needs for you and your body. I post what works for me and I hope that you find these tips helpful!

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