Last updated on June 14th, 2018 at 04:52 pm
After finally signing up for my first race of 2017, I was reminded of the great tips I have on how to get Motivated.
How do you get yourself back in the game when you’ve been out of it for so long? It’s not easy. I’m sharing with you some of my most successful strategies in today’s post. The single most effective strategy to get motivated that I have experienced myself and observed in many others as well it to sign yourself up for a challenge. A few weeks ago, I did just that. I signed myself up for my first race of 2017.
In trying to get some of my coworkers involved in a fun, team building exercise that would work our brains and our bodies, I created a work team for a local 5 km Obstacle Mud run called The Grapes of Wrath happening in Niagara. This fun annual fundraising event created by the Canadian Cancer Society (according to their website) is about the survival of the fittest and puts all those other run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter marathon runs to shame!
I was surprised to see that my team quickly grew to 10 members. Some of them don’t really know what they signed up for! Sshhh, don’t tell them, but here it is:
#1. Set Goals
Every year, I set goals for myself. This year, I’m getting down to the basics of working on my nutrition, core and getting stronger. You can also read about my goals from 2016 and 2015. Setting goals helps me plan my year and see exactly how I want to tackle it. Once I set my goals, I break them down into smaller goals that are attainable. You can track your goals and running stats with my free downloadable running log.
#2. Sign up for a challenge
One way I keep motivated is by signing up for charity and non-charity runs. Last year, I did 2 major races, my first one was my first 1/2 marathon at the Niagara Falls Woman’s Half Marathon, the second was my very first triathlon. This year, since I’m working on getting stronger, big milestone races are not on my agenda. However, my first challenge will the Grapes of Wrath 2017.
#3. Recruit a friend
I’m lucky to have an identical twin sister who shares the same interests as I do. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a twin, however, you might be blessed with a supporting husband or very close friends with common interests. If you don’t, I suggest joining a group and find new friends with similar interests. Perhaps by joining a fitness class or a running club, you will meet like-minded people.
#4. Journal your experience
I blog! That’s why I’m here. I find writing and sharing my successes, discouragements, inspiration helps to keep me motivated. Some people might want to keep a diary instead of a publicly viewed blog. I keep records of my races, my weekly workout plan (see #1) and by broadcasting it online for everyone to see, I am more likely to follow through with my plans.