Tips for Staying Motivated Stay motivated! - Without motivation, you'll soon forget why you're running, find excuses to miss workouts, and gradually fall out of your exercise habit. Pull out all the tricks you can think of. Collect inspirational quotes and put them on your refrigerator or in your office. Seek out stories of other runners and individuals who have overcome significant obstacles to succeed at their quests. Set lots of attainable shortterm goals. Make them easy, so you'll be sure to achieve them. When you achieve one, quickly establish your next one. Some specific motivation tips include: 1. Set Goals – immediate, short and long term. An example of immediate goals could be that while you are running select a target object and run to that and continue doing that over and over, it will feel like you are meeting several easier goals. A short term goal example could be - to increase running time by one minute a week. A long term goals example could be - by the end of three months I am going to be able to run for a solid twenty minutes. 2. Utilize a training log – this will really help you see how far you have progressed and keep you going to reach your final goal. 3. Implement a Buddy System – have a friend join you, choose a goal that interests both and help motivate each other to get there. 4. Set completion goals, not speed goals – Don’t worry about your speed, just go out there and get your twenty or thirty minutes in. 5. Reward yourself – When you reach your goals reward your self, it will motivate you to work toward your next reward. Always keep your goals SMART: Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Time-based Being creative with your workout will add new life to your running.