Starting a running routine seemed like a good idea around January 1, but now's about the time when some new runners (or former runners trying to get back into it) start to lose some steam. If you're suffering from a lack of motivation, here are some ideas to get you excited about running again:
Find a running buddy. Having someone to run with makes running more fun and will keep you on track because you'll have a commitment to each other. (No one wants to flake out on their running partner for a 7 a.m. run!) Get tips on how to find running partners.
Mix it up. Running the same route (or treadmill) at the same pace all the time will get boring. Shake up your routine and try to do an interval workout or hill workout once a week. Cross-training once or twice will also help prevent boredom and prevent injuries.
Reward yourself. When you reach a goal (big or small), treat yourself to some new running gear, massage, or other gift as a reward for your hard work. The reward will make you feel energized, and reinforce your commitment to your training. Just remember not to use food as a reward, if one of your goals is to lose weight!