Running is probably the cheapest way to work out without excessive side costs. It is also one of the best ways to stay fit. But sometimes, just running on a regular basis isn’t enough to stay motivated. You need that something extra to help pull you along and keep you excited; otherwise, you’ll simply feel bored and worn out, and eventually just stop running altogether. So how does one stay motivated?
Some people stay motivated because they have running groups or running buddies who can help them stay motivated and who can help the run more bearable, especially those long runs. But what if you don’t have any running groups or running buddies? How can you stay motivated?
The best way I’ve personally done it is by signing up for races throughout the year.
Here in the Central Valley, I didn’t realize how many local races there are until I signed up for one of the local small town events–the Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K. There are practically several events almost every month as shown here at the On Your Mark Events schedule!
Signing up for running races is great for motivation for the following reasons:
- It establishes milestones over time on which you know you’ll have to run.
- Nothing is better at motivating you to go faster than to try to beat your last race time.
- Running with a group helps you run faster than normal; the race excitement can actually shave off minutes from your normal time!
- After a race you want to know when the next one is so you can do it again.
If you are running to stay fit and can’t find a way to stay motivated, why not sign up for a race today? It may just work for you. After all running is something almost anyone can do.