RUNNING MOTIVATION SEEMING TO SLIP AWAY?
There’s undoubtedly a shadow cast over everything we do (and can’t do) right now, amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Running is supposed to be a cure-all, but these unprecedented, trying times are making it hard for many to muster the strength to lace up and head out the door.
You’re not alone in feeling frustrated or puzzled. It’s understandable and completely normal to have your motivation wane as the pandemic wears on. Here’s what you can do about it.
1. KEEP UP A ROUTINE
Most runners are creatures of habit and when these habits are broken it can be a shock to the system. For many, the uncertainty, stress and complete disruption of order is making it nearly impossible to log their k’s. It’s important to set small daily goals to push past the barriers for not getting out the door. If you are used to running with people for accountability purposes? Perhaps try texting your group before you run to keep you in check and continue the camaraderie.
2. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK
We can often spiral into a guilt cycle: feel guilty about not being motivated, skip a run, feel guilty about skipping a run. Remember, it’s all about balance. In the short term, take some time to relax or try something new. There seems to be a lot of pressure on us right now and it’s ok to take a break every once in a while.
3. START SMALL
The best way to get back into an exercise routine is slowly. Don’t get overwhelmed, break it down into manageable tasks. You don’t have to get out every day or match your pre-coronavirus k’s. Instead, commit to one or two runs per week at whatever distance you feel like in the moment.
Try putting together a daily schedule to help bring structure back into the picture. Creating time and space for our tasks is important. Getting out the door is the hardest part, but once you get going, the run takes care of itself.