Feeling a bit indifferent about your running lately? I’ve been there. When you’ve experienced the high of a good race or a new PB time or distance…all the in between runs can start to lose their sparkle and shine. Some folks might tell you the answer to your problem is signing up for another race! Actually, there’s a less expensive way to get your running mojo back up and…well, running.
Here’s an excerpt from a Run & Thrive video where I ask my running athletes to…
…make much ado about nothing!
Okay, so small victories are not nothing! That’s the thing though – we start to think of our small victories as nothing. A 5 day run streak. A slightly faster mile that felt slightly easier. One less walk break. All of that is something and it’s time you acknowledged it.
Stop minimizing your progress.
The best way to bring life back to your routine runs is to genuinely be proud of your progress, no matter how incremental it is. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to go bragging about every run on Instagram (oh wait, I kinda do that). But it does mean you should do something to celebrate.Keep your run life exciting by celebrating your small running victories. Here's how: Click To Tweet
Small Victory Celebration Rules
Here are some ideas that won’t put you at too much risk of becoming “that runner”:
- Brag to someone who gets it. So, another runner or a really supportive run-approving friend. Someone who will be genuinely happy for you and proud of you. So, your mom maybe? If you don’t have those people in real life, you can tell me. Leave your run brag in the comments below and I’ll celebrate with you!
- Treat. Yo. Self. Celebrate your small victory with a little something special for you. The treat should be equal to the accomplishment. Don’t buy a new car just because you shaved 20 seconds off your mile. While I don’t recommend food as a reward, a good example might be getting a large smoothie instead of your usual medium, or better yet a new pair of running socks because we always need more good socks!
- Record it. This is one reason why I love a good training log. Star, circle, highlight, or otherwise bedazzle a progress note that describes your small victory. When you need too, flip back through your log, scanning for your victory notes, and mentally add them all up for one giant win-high!
- Brag to yourself about yourself. Positive self-talk is sometimes more powerful than rewards or affirmation from others. Most of us get plenty of negative self-talk without even realizing it. So use your small victories as a chance to intentionally tell yourself you’re doing a good job, you’re on the right track, and you’re proud of this one small victory. Give yourself a little mirror-wink if it helps.
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It’s important to have a lot of different tools in your motivation tool belt! And personally, I think it’s best to have new ideas and tips presented over time at regular intervals instead of thrown at me in one giant “100 ways to stay motivated” list dump.
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