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Whether it’s to lose weight, de-stress, or just have fun, every runner has a reason for why they run and more importantly, keep running.

Here are a 5 of my tricks for staying on top of my running and hopefully, they’ll help put a few bounces in your step.

  1. Make a goal. And stick to it. I would stay away from weight loss goals in particular since a lot of people gain weight while running due mostly to muscle gain and that could deter you. My goals are usually race based. I try to schedule a half marathon every other month so I’ll continuously have something to push myself towards. I will also often print out a training plan that is challenging and modify accordingly. I just love crossing off things on a to do lists so this is a big motivator for me.
  2. Provide incentives for yourself. Since I started marathon training, I’ve bought myself a few things here and there to keep the motivation strong. You’re pushing your body to the limits. Why not treat yourself to nice things?
  3. Join a running club. I haven’t actually done this one due to time constraints, but it’s something I hope to do in the future. I have attended Adventure Runs that are held by Road Runner Sports though and those are great. You’re surrounded by all types of runners/walkers who just want to get out there, get fit and also get freebies at the same time. It’s a win win situation.
  4. If you don’t have time to join a running club, find a running buddy or two. Even if you’re not the type of person that likes to talk while running, having a running buddy can keep you motivated and it is also a safer option than running alone. If your schedule is just too hectic and it’s easier to run alone, make a pact with your friend to run x amount of miles or do what I did – make a bet with them. I bet a friend of mine that I could run more than he could in a span of 2 months. The one who ran the least would treat the other person out to sushi and let me say this, sushi is not cheap! I’m a competitive person so I ran my short little legs off. In the end, I lost, but that bet made me realize that I could run more than I ever thought I could. I just needed a little incentive.
  5. And last but not least, be patient with yourself. Nobody just got up and ran x amount of miles just like that. Your life isn’t like that one episode in How I Met Your Mother where Barney ups and runs a marathon. Also, don’t forget the fact that he couldn’t move his legs after that marathon. No, real progress takes a lot of hard work and time. It’s okay to take two steps forward and one step back or even 4 steps back. As long as you keep taking those steps.

-Mai Khuong

This story can also be found on Mai’s blog: A Girl on a Search for Adventure.

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