How to restart your motivation

not feeling it, feeling down

Not feeling the love for the miles?

It's normal to feel like you've lost your mojo, motivation or simply just don't feel like it. We all go through it at some point so you are not alone.

For me, I found that I knew I wanted to get something done, but the longer I put it off, the more frustrated I got and the more I felt like I had lost my motivation. 

Sometimes seeing others out there running or cycling or getting their miles done or anything else puts you off even more!

But don't let any of that get you down. 

Start doing

Get out there (sometimes just at the spur of the moment can be best) and do a mile. No pressure, no time worries, just get a mile in. You'll feel better that you've done it than not.

Then repeat. keep doing. Mile after mile all adds up without the pressure. 

Challenges are meant to push you, but not to the point that you fall out of love with it. 

If you feel like you've lost the miles love, try changing things up. 

Change the route

If you normally do the same route every time, then perhaps it is time to try a different route.

This could be as simple as doing it in reverse. Take a left instead of right and then turn back on to the route when you can.  

Start and finish at a different point in your route. 

These simple little changes could be the difference to you wanting to get back out there.

Try a different time of the day

There are typically two different times of the day that most of us go out.

Morning and evenings.

If you normally go out in the evenings, maybe look at getting a morning run, walk or cycle done. And vice versa if you are a morning person, try out an evening session if you are starting to lose the feeling for the morning runs.

Kirsteen has recently started doing morning runs due to work commitments and she has seen a difference in how she feels overall. 

Do something else

If you normally run, maybe try a walk or a cycle. Mix this up with a different time of day as above. If you run in the evenings try a walk instead, and then a run in the morning.

Or get on the bike and go round the route you normally run. This can make it easier to try and find a change in direction or adding on to your route.

Find someone to go with

Sometimes having someone to go out and meet up with is all the motivation you need to get out there. You don't want to let someone else down and you can be doing each other a favour and helping out.

Arrange a time, a day and go. Make it a priority to stop something else taking over that time so you don't miss out.

And don't just do this once, make it a regular thing and you never know your group of 2 might grow into 3 or 4!

Try it.

Give these things a try out to change up your routine and get the love back. You don't have to do them all, pick one and try it. 

Even if you haven't lost your motivation, trying a little change can be an extra boost to you doing your miles and keep it fresh.

Let us know what you do to change things up. Comment below or check out our Facebook group.

Safe Miles!

*Photo by Katie Moum on Unsplash


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