On any given day, we all have reasons that we think we can’t run. It’s the usual nonsense:

I don’t have the time!
Running is hard!
It is too hot/cold/rainy/windy!
I’m tired and want to take a nap!
I pee myself when I run!

I don’t buy any of it. If you really want to run, you will find a way. If you simply hate it beyond words or it hurts your body, then find something else. Don’t sit around rationalizing why you aren’t doing something you’d really like to be doing. Instead, consider these six tips to revitalize your relationship with running.

  1. Think small – If you have been sitting on the couch for months, do not expect to hop up and run 10 miles. Many people self-sabotage by biting off more than they can chew. Then, when they are unable to reach their goals, they quit. Pick a manageable goal. Tell yourself that you will run 1-2 miles a few times a week and build from there.
  2. Pick something – While starting off small is important, it’s important to have a “carrot” to motivate your training. For me, this usually involves signing up for a race in the near or far future. Something happens mentally when you make that type of commitment: you become more invested in the process. You don’t want to waste your money. You don’t want to have to save face when you tell everyone you signed up for that 10K and then wimped out.
  3. Make some music – I know many of you run without music. I happen to love listening to tunes when I run. It inspires and motivates me. If music is your thing, make a brand new playlist and “let” yourself listen to it only when you run.
  4. Ignore the voices – My greatest bit of advice for you is to shut up and run. Shutting up and running means that you stop buying into all of your excuses and playing the victim. If you have a body that can move, then you are luckier than thousands of other people. The moment you engage your brain and listen to why you shouldn’t go for a run, you might start to believe it.
  5. Go to Netflix – Movies can motivate. Seeing and learning about someone else’s story and how they persevered is relatable. Use the energy and inspiration from those who have worked hard for their goals. Spirit of the Marathon is a favorite of mine because it highlights the elites, but also us normal Joes and Josephines.
  6. Outfit yourself – Sometimes having something new to wear gives you that extra boost. If buying a cute new running skirt is going to get and keep you out the door, do it. You don’t have to break the bank on this one. Get creative! Look for coupons or promo codes. Go to consignment shops or try TJ Maxx and Marshalls for great deals on brand names.

What’s your best tip to regain your running motivation?


By Nichols