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Ignite your Motivation

I’ve been coaching runners for a few years now, and with many varied goals, from getting speedier 5kms to completing 100 mile ultra marathons.  I notice there are various times of year when motivation dips for many runners, and now is one of them.  I used to think it was because this is a few weeks after the London Marathon, and that was why.  But when I look at the runners who suffer this dip, yes, a couple ran London, but the vast majority didn’t run London marathon, or do a Marathon at all.  I’ve yet to figure out why May seems to be a time for lower motivation, but I do have some tips for how you can reignite your motivation and get it back.

It starts with why – If you haven’t read this book by Simon Sinek, do so now.

For a summary, watch his Ted Talk here.

But the most important thing is to understand why running is important to you.  Below are a series of questions, and I suggest you get a pen and paper and spend maybe an hour writing down your answers, and really thinking about them.

Why is running important to you?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is running to you?

If not zero, why not zero?

If not 10, what might make it get to 10?

That was easy, now focus on your goal

Then, if you have a specific goal for your running, you can ask yourself these questions again – for me, it was the Boston Qualifier – it might be a sub 1 hour 10km, or a sub 2 hour half.

Why is [insert goal] important to you?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is [insert goal] to you?

If not zero, why not zero?

If not 10, what might make it 10?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you about achieving [insert goal]?

If not zero, why not zero?

If not 10, what might make it 10?

Now its time to look into your crystal ball

Look forward to when you want to achieve the goal – maybe it’s 6 months, maybe 3 years, imagine from now, you’ve taken the steps necessary to achieving that goal, and you’ve achieved it. How would that make you feel?

Now look forward to when you want to achieve that goal, and actually as of today, you’ve continued not to take the steps necessary to achieving that goal.  How would that make you feel? How do you think your running would be?

When you’ve written down the answers to all these questions, this will help you to determine whether working toward that goal is actually right for you, and if it is, you’ll be motivated to take the next steps.

 

If you don’t know what those steps are, some one to one coaching with I Run Success may be just the right thing for you, and you can sign up here.

Happy running, and Let’s get motivated.

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Angela Isherwood

Angela Isherwood is the founder of I Run Success
She is a REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer, a Run England Running coach, and a multiple marathon runner. She is a London Marathon Good for Age runner, a Boston Marathon Qualifier, a parkrun Run Director and Trainer for Goodgym Colchester.

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