Finding the motivation to go on a run can be hard sometimes. I mean, some days I struggle to find the motivation get out of my bed in a morning, let alone put on a pair of running trainers. Use these tips to get yourself out the door.

Just Do It

Is it raining outside? Cold? A bit dark? If you want to accomplish anything in life, sometimes you’ve just got to put all your thoughts to one side, and JUST DO IT! Don’t overthink it. Usually, once you’ve got out the front door, that’s the hard part over with. Just think about Shia LaBeouf’s motivational speech and you’ll be ready.

Just Do It

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Set a Goal

Setting goals is a great way of keeping the motivation to go on a run. Whether you’re new to running or a professional athlete, everyone has a goal that they want to smash. Running apps are a great way of setting goals, I’ll talk more about which apps are the best next. If you’ve never been involved in a race before, then a 5k or Parkrun would be a good way to get started. Crossing that finish line after the hard work has paid off will definitely give you the motivation to go on a run again.

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Use Running Apps

Strava Strava

By far the best running app out there. Strava lets you set goals, enter monthly competitions with all other users around the world and get detailed analysis on your running.

My best feature of the Strava running app is being able to set up segments in your local area and hopefully become the CR (course record) holder for that segment. This feature always keeps me motivated to go on a run.

Nike+ Nike+

Another great running app is Nike+. It uses a lot of the same features as other popular running apps. Nike+ gives you different levels to reach, to reach the next level, you need to put in some miles. Here a list of the level colours:

  • Yellow: 0-49 kilometers or 0-30 miles
  • Orange: 50-249 kilometers or 31-154 miles
  • Green: 250-999 kilometers or 155-620 miles
  • Blue: 1,000-2,499 kilometers or 621-1,552 miles
  • Purple: 2,500-4,999kilometers or 1,553-3,106 miles
  • Black: 5,000-14,999 kilometers or 3,107-9,319 miles
  • Volt: More than 15,000 kilometers or 9,320 miles

Zombies, Run! 

Okay, this one won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. But this app genuinely keeps you pushing that little bit harder than you would otherwise. It’s basically a responsive audio story being told in your headphones. You have to accomplish missions and when the zombies start chasing you, you have to run (pretty much sprint) to get away from them. If you’re too slow and get caught, they take pretty much all of your possessions. It’s fun and is worth giving it a go.

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Got any more great ways for finding the motivation to go on a run? Drop a comment below.