Motivation is the process that arouses, sustains and regulates human behavior. What does this means to you? It means that if you have motivation to do something it will arouse a desire inside of you to do it. If you continue to have that motivation it will sustain you through your activity (your runs) and will help regulate how you train. To improve your running in any way you will need to find something that arouses, sustains and regulates your training.
There are numerous ways to gain motivation; however, if you want to improve your running at all you will need to find some way of continually having motivation. Don’t get me wrong temporary motivation is still motivation however temporary it is. You might be motivated to run the next mile or the next 5 miles; but what keeps you going is your long term motivation. Because at the end of that mile what is your motivation now? You can use temporary motivation to carry you through some very tough times and when things are rough it is easier to be motivated by a reachable goal. If you are 10 miles into a marathon it is easier to think of the next mile versus the next 16.2. This kind of motivation will improve your running for the short term and anything that helps is great.
Long term or continuous motivation is a little harder to come by temporary motivation. Seeing the big picture is not something that everyone is good at. If your goal is to run a marathon and you can’t even run 5K yet then it might be hard to stay motivated throughout your training; so finding something to help keep your motivation high during your workup training is a must. To improve your running motivation you need to be able to see the end goal and figure out a way to reach that goal. So even when things get really hard and you feel like you can’t go on just take a step back, look at you end goal and find some way to reach that goal.
These two types of motivation really go hand in hand with each other. If you want to improve your running at all you will need to find ways to harness any motivation you can get your hands on. The long term motivation gives you something to work towards in your training. The temporary motivation gives you something to work for while you are running. Running the next mile will get you through your run and getting through that run will get you closer to reaching your overall training goal, whether it is a 5K, 10K, Marathon or more.
Here are a couple of ways to improve your running motivation.
Motivation to start running – Tips to help you gain the motivation to start running
Motivation to keep running – Tips to help you find the motivation to keep training and keep running
Tips to have fun running – Tips to help you improve your running mood thus having more fun running