I am one of those runners who, despite really loving to run, finds it triky to get out of the door without an aim. Until I got injured last year my week revolved around my training plan, incrementally increasing the time I was out on my feet, building up endurance and speed. Unfortunately, being hurt put an end to that, and while I am working with a great physio to get better/not get injured again, a strict time limit has been put on my running - just 15 minutes (recently increased to 20!), and not conventional training plan fits in with that! Oh, and did I mention that I am not very good at making plans myself? I think it is because I am scared that I wont hold myself accountable enough...
Just before Christmas I was listening to the excellent podcast MarathonTalk and Martin and Tom were getting all excited about Jantastic, a three month motivational challenge to get you through the winter and keep your running on track, all with a competitive edge. Feeling inspired I signed up, and I have to say, it has been exactly what I needed.
Each month you make a commitment - number of runs per week (January), distance (February) and time (March). Fulfil the commitment and you get points, don't fulfil the commitment you don't. All the points are totted up and there are rankings, both individual and team (I am in team Write This Run, because, well, I am a runner who writes...). Simple. Obviously, this appeals to my competitive streak and my sense of honour - I don't want to let my team down, or myself. There have been days over the last two weeks where I have been so disinclined to run, be it because I am exhausted from a long day at work, or it is tipping it down with raise, but the commitment I have made has pushed me out of the door. And once I am out, and going, even if it is only for 15 minutes, I feel better, calmer, and happier.
How do you motivate yourself to run?

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