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Finding Running Motivation On A Bad Day

Some days I don’t want to run…at all and finding running motivation on a bad day can be really hard.

I get it, sometimes motivating yourself to run is easier said than done, especially if you’ve had a bad day, mustering the will power to go workout can prove to be just another hurdle to get over. If you’re dedicated to working out, good for you and you may know some of these tricks but maybe you need a pick me up?
Whatever the case, we’ll get motivated and back out there together.
Living a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise is important but let’s be honest, it’s easier said than done and staying motivated is probably the biggest complaint I’ve heard from a lot of people when they first start their workout regimen. Here’s how I find my running motivation when I’ve had a bad day and some other tricks to try!

Try New Routes

Whether you’re a trail or road runner, try changing it up. Choose a new location, one you haven’t run in a while, or one that you’ve been wanting to try in your area. If you’ve never tried trail running, give it a go, wanted to test out the local track then incorporate a running workout in there. Of course, be as safe as you can and know what you should avoid but a change of scenery could be just what the doctor ordered to get you more motivated and excited about going out. Plus, new routes challenge your brain and your running technique and can often lead to a more dynamic workout, just make sure you don’t try and get a personal best before you know the route and take it too fast, you are more likely to injure yourself this way.
track for running motivation

Music Playlists

Make a playlist of your favourite music and choose upbeat, fast-paced music to keep you going and make you want to move, if you can dance to it, you can run to it. There are plenty of apps on your phone like Spotify, Deezer or Pandora, that you can subscribe too if you have limited storage or you can just create a playlist on your phone or iPod. There’s no right or wrong way to do this! Just throw together a good playlist and start running! Check out my 10k motivational playlist for some great ideas and Beats per minute that are the most motivational!

Take a Friend

Having a workout partner not only holds you accountable, but will help motivate you. Seeing someone else have fun and be successful in their workout will help you out immensely and adds a bit of friendly competition to spark your fire too. So, give your friend a call and ask them to join you for a run, or you could kick this up a notch by putting together a whole group of friends and jog or run together! Running clubs are also a great option for running motivation and I joined one recently so have a search around your local area, you might be surprised at just how easy it is to find people to run with!
rocky trail running for running motivation

Involve the Family

I have recently gotten the toddler involved in running and he loves it! he motivates me to go out to a Sunday morning Parkrun because he wants too and although it’s not my most challenging workout of the week it is definitely helpful for getting the mileage up. So, if you’ve got children, a spouse or sibling that is interested in working out, bring them along. Just like taking your friends, being around your family can help motivate you even on your worst days. Not only will it help strengthen family bonds, but it gets all of you out of the house and gets your blood moving!
Finding running motivation with family like me and the little guy
Me and the little guy after a Sunday Parkrun
What are some ways that you stay motivated while working out? Do you have any great tips for running motivation? Let me know down in the comments if you’ve tried any of these techniques or if there’s any that you want to add! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’re more motivated by this post! Now, get up, go outside and get running!
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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox

21 Comments

  • Sue (#)
    April 9th, 2017

    I think all runners feel this way from time to time Charlotte and you have given some simple yet effective tips. I’m lucky to have my Saturday Sisters, who I run with each week to keep me motivated.

  • Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle (#)
    April 7th, 2017

    I have found new motivation to exercise with my smart watch, I like a challenge and so when I set goals I like to reach them.

    Kathleen

  • Michele (#)
    April 6th, 2017

    I don’t run, but I swim and sometimes I struggle with motivation. Some of these ideas would work for me as well.

  • Toughcookiemommy (#)
    April 3rd, 2017

    I think that trying new routes is a great idea because it is new scenery for you to look forward to. That’s a great way to stay motivated.

  • Morgan (#)
    April 2nd, 2017

    This is such a wonderful motivational blog. I have always wanted to be a runner but I have no coordination…one day.

  • Spencer (#)
    April 2nd, 2017

    This is a constant struggle for me. As someone who is trying to get into running, it’s quite a challenge to find the motivation to get up early just to run. Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea (#)
    April 1st, 2017

    This is really inspiring. I think your tips and suggestions helps on motivating us to do it. Your photos are very lovely!

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea (#)
    April 1st, 2017

    Yeah I think running really helps on giving us positive vibes.

  • Lydia (#)
    April 1st, 2017

    I loved reading all these tips! I find it so hard to motivate myself, but these will definitely help me.

  • Jean (#)
    April 1st, 2017

    I definitely lack motivation when it comes to exercise, and this has resulted in me leaving several gyms over the years. You’ve shared some really helpful tips here. I think you just need to get into the right mindset, and music can really help with this.

  • Blythe (#)
    March 31st, 2017

    Although I’m not a runner, I also struggle with workout motivation sometimes. I know I will feel better after I’m done, but motivation myself to start isn’t always so easy. Changing it up does help.

  • Anna nuttall (#)
    March 31st, 2017

    I’m not into running (I have two left feet) but I love that people can find that motivation. xx

  • Katriza (#)
    March 31st, 2017

    This came so perfectly since it’s such a cold and gloomy day outside that I don’t want to go for my run! These are some great tips so I’ll have to try these out!

  • Alicia Taylor (#)
    March 31st, 2017

    I have a bad hip, so I don’t run often – but I do kickbox. I understand your motivation issues. Sometimes, just getting started is the hardest part. It’s odd, though. I always feel so much better after a good workout, so it’s worth doing – especially when the Haagen Daaz is calling

  • melissa (#)
    March 31st, 2017

    I try and run every morning after I get the kids off. Today it was raining so it made it even harder to start but i pushed through. Thanks for the tips I love running with my daughter who really pushes me.

  • Seattle Travel Blogger (#)
    March 31st, 2017

    That picture of you and your son is awesome!
    Thanks for the good advice for running.

  • Cathy (#)
    March 31st, 2017

    Motivation to exercise is hard to come by when I’m having a bad day for sure! Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • Victoria (#)
    March 31st, 2017

    This is definitely a motivating blog post, I struggle with getting motivated but I am trying harder to just do things and not procrastinate

  • Janel B (#)
    March 30th, 2017

    I am one that has a hard time finding the motivation to work out. I’ve tried in the past all the things you suggest and still I fail.

  • Terri (#)
    March 30th, 2017

    I never want to run! I found this article to be helpful to help motivate me! Changing up routines always is something I have to do.

  • Robin rue (#)
    March 30th, 2017

    I totally get it – it hard to find motivation for me sometimes. I have to dig really deep to get it done!!

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