A recent discussion in a kick-ass moms group I am in had me thinking a lot about motivations. What works for me, what works for others.
What I've learned about what keeps me on track for running, what keeps me going while I'm running, and what I need to get out there again:
- After not having a routine for running/workouts for a couple of years and having other things in life that I let take precedence (like my son, my work, time with my husband, etc), I NEED a routine that fits into my life. I need spaces in my days that are designated for running times. Having those designated spots for running propels me to fill them with runs.
- Once I'm out running, I am highly motivated by the numbers on my watch. When I see my pace slipping, I speed up to achieve my desired number. And when my watch provides me with info on past performances during a run, its very satisfying if I can beat those times/achievements.
- This blog had/has a lot of impact on getting me back out there. I love running with my dogs. I love virtually connecting with others and writing about my adventures with my puppies on the trail. Thinking about my next blog post and actually having material to post about (i.e. getting out there and running with my dogs!) is as much of a motivation for me as the numbers on my watch.
What I am not motivated by:
- Prizes or rewards.
- The need to be the best or competition.
- Weight loss.
- Contracts or accountability apps.
- Working out with other people.
These type of motivations are nice when they happen, but I'm not driven by them.
Can you say loner, much? Yup, that's me, the woman that loves to be alone on her runs (the four legged pals are an exception of course!) and doesn't want to answer to anyone else. That's not saying I ~won't~ run with others, or participate in runs, etc. Those just aren't my driving forces.
Once I figured out what my motivations are, there is still a big piece of implementing those motivations. If I don't slot the time in for running, the second two motivations don't matter much. But when I do make the time for it, the second two have a bigger impact on motivating me to get back out there.
So, blog-land runners that run with or without dogs.... what motivates you to get your shoes on?