You’re tired, it’s hot, and you just don’t feel like going for a 10 mile run. It happens to every runner at some point.
Luckily a friend of mine stumbled upon some tricks to jump starting motivation. I have used these tools to achieve one of my running goals: a weekly 10 mile run! That’s double of what I usually run. How did I go from dreading 10 milers to loving them?
- Pre-run snack.
Jack told me that he discovered that the lack of energy was a major factor in discouraging him from endurance training. He told me to nibble on a Tarahuarma Corn Cakes just before going out. The extra energy pop ignites the urge to hit the streets.
- Pre-run drink.
Jack also gave me his secret recipe for his 100% all natural energy electrolyte concoction. It’s a mixture of Coconut Water, Lemon Juice, and Stevia. It tastes like what I imagine a kick-flip with the shoes flying off into the airs above a skatepark in Portugal would feel like if it were a flavor for the tongue. The drink rapidly hydrates, and it turbo charges the cells with electrolytes. I drink the energy juice before, during, and AFTER my long runs (anything over 5 miles in the heat is a “long run”).
Jack emphasized the BODY NEEDS WATER AND ELECTROLYTES. IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TRAIN FOR DECREASED INTAKE OF VITAL FLUIDS.
I have noticed that charging up before a run makes a world of difference. I enjoy my runs much more when I start off well nourished and hydrated.
- Handheld Cheerleader
Since I only run for pleasure, not competition I switch to DISTANCE Mode on RunKeepr (Runkeepr is the smartphone app I use to track my mileage). I set RunKeepr to update every .5 mile. Her sexy vocal updates keep me focused.
- Pre-Run Music
Jack doesn’t listen to music when he runs because it takes away from the experience. He does, however, rev himself by cranking some tunes up before he runs.
Here is my personal list of audio adreline:
Circle Jerks Wild in the Streets
(Good Song to have running through your head. I will make you wanna run wild.)
Suicidal Tendencies Institutionalized
(It’s NOT about running, but it makes me laugh and gets me revved up.)
Agnostic Front Gotta Go
(Has a great cadence that makes me want to pound the concrete.)
Coffee Project I Will Run
(A slower song, but the “I will run” lyrics loop nicely.)
BONUS SONG YOU WILL HATE ME FOR INCLUDING
Hansen MMM BOP
(This song is an empty calorie ChocoTaco for the ear drums. But it lifts my mood.)
- Sleazy Car Sales Tricks
My best friend was also a successful used car salesman. He gave me the Holy Grail of sales tricks. At first blush, sales seems far away from running motivation; it’s not. Sales is about overcoming customer’s tendency towards procrastination. The trick my friend would use to get his customers past procrastination was to get them to agree with him on a small matter. For example, if the customer expressed interest in saving money at the pump. My friend would say something like, “With gas pricing climbing this summer, you’re only going to love saving more and more money with each fill-up. Saving money at the pump makes sense, doesn’t it?” The customer would agree.
I wasn’t sure what that trick had to do with motivation for running. My friend told me that the magic is in breaking up the big scary process of buying a car into smaller chunks, gaining small agreements all of which build comfort and lead to the closing of the sale. He suggested selling myself on running too. He urged me to break-up the running ritual into easy steps, and then to sell myself on the steps. For example, he said selling myself on putting on my running clothes, then selling myself on warming up, and so on. Once the clothes are on, I’m running. It’s weird how small steps always lead to something greater.
Do you have any motivational tricks?
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