Have you ever thought of something and instantly felt extremely motivated, but then that motivation slowly started fading away? If you answered yes, then you're not alone. One of the hardest things to overcome when trying something new is a lack of motivation. For me, it wasn't until I started setting goals that helped me stay on track. While on my run, I would set goals of how far I wanted to run, what street I wanted to pass before stopping, what race to run next. Holding yourself accountable is a major part of keeping and meeting your goals.
As my Running journey took off last August, I started setting goals for races I wanted to run. I started off with 5K races, then moved up to 10K races and now I'm due for a half marathon. I personally feel like signing up for races is a great way to stay motivated because not only are you setting a date to run a race, but you also get motivated to train so you can perform well during your race.
At the beginning of this year, I set a goal for myself of running a half marathon before the end of the year. I have already ran the mileage of a half marathon, but I haven't officially ran a HM race. However, four months from now, I will be able to check that off my list. (I'm so stoked to start training for the Rock n' Roll LA Half marathon!)
I felt so inspired while cheering on runners with BlacklistLA for this year's Los Angeles Marathon, that I promised myself I would give this running journey my all, so that I could run the LA marathon next year. Although I feel like I'm no where near ready to run a full marathon right now, I plan on registering for the marathon that way I can't back out. With the proper training, I will be able to accomplish my goal.
Setting goals and keeping them is a great way to stay motivated. Once you've reached your goal, you're going to want to do more.