Catrina from Keep On Running
How do you stay motivated to run?
I’m so happy to do a guest post on Helen’s Exercising Foodies blog!
I’m Catrina, I’m 52 years old. I live in Switzerland and I’m married with no kids.
I love running. And I also love blogging. As Helen (@XercisingFoodie) loves these two things as well, it was only a matter of time until our paths crossed and we met up on Twitter.
With everything going on this year, many have lost their motivation to run. What about you? Do you struggle sometimes to find the motivation? What can help us to stay active?
Here are three things that help me:
- Connect with your running tribe
Join a local running club in your area. If you don’t like that idea, join a virtual running tribe. I joined “Running Twitter” in May 2020 to get connected with other runners. Seeing their daily running Tweets keeps me motivated to go out and rock all my workouts.
Also, there is a nice blogging community around running. I write a post about running every Tuesday and link up with several inspiring runners.
It’s not only motivating, but I also learn a lot from these experienced runners.
- Sign up for a virtual race or challenge
While there are no in-person races this year, there are plenty of virtual races and challenges available. Virtual races are not as great as real live races, but they are a great tool to keep us going.
It helps to know that everyone is in the same boat – we’re all trying to keep fit during the pandemic. Virtual races can be a great way to connect with other runners on social media. You can share your progress and photos of your runs with others who are doing the same challenge.
One thing that kept me running this spring was the “Un-Cancelled Project” by Run the Edge. I did a half-marathon every week for 6 weeks. It was incredibly motivating to do this challenge with so many other runners across the globe.
- Set an annual goal
Set an annual running goal and break it down into monthly goals. For example, my goal for this year is to run 2’600k (1’600 miles). This is an average of 50k a week. I missed two months due to injury, but I still hope I can reach my goal. Right now, I’m at 1’800k, so still 800k (500 miles) to go.
Also, set strength training goals. With no races on the horizon, this is a great opportunity to focus more on strength, especially upper body strength.
Last year, I could do 5 sets of 20 pushups, until I realized that I was doing them wrong (arms in T-shape). Now I have my arms and hands closer to my body. But they are so much harder! My goal is to do 50 in 3 sets by the end of 2020 – I am currently at 40 in 4 sets, so still way to go!
How do you stay motivated to run this year?
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