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Running Motivation

Whether you're running for fitness, weight loss, or other reasons, staying motivated isn't always easy. Get advice on ways to improve your motivation.

7 Ways to Stay Motivated to Run
Maintaining your motivation is critical to sustaining your running habit. Try some of these ideas to help you stay motivated to run:

Mental Tricks for Running Races
Most runners have hit a rough patch at some point during a race. When you find yourself struggling during a race, try some of these mental tricks to get you to the finish:

How to Avoid Burnout from Running
Some runners go through periods when they feel like they need a break both mentally and physically -- from running. It sometimes happens after completion of a big race that they've been working toward for months, like a marathon. It's tough to stay motivated once you've reached that major goal. To help avoid reaching that point of burnout...

Tips for Running in the Morning
Whenever I run in the morning, I always feel like I gained a couple of hours during the day. Research has actually shown that runners who run in the morning are more consistent with their running than those who try to do it later on. If you want to become a morning runner, here are some tips for making morning runs easier:

Ways to Get Out of Your Running Rut
Get tips on how to avoid getting stuck in a running rut, and make your runs more fun, interesting, and motivating.

7 Ways to Sneak in Running Time
No time to run? You're not alone: Lack of time is one of the most popular excuses for missing regular runs. Take these opportunities to get moving.

Top Excuses to Not Run - And How to Beat Them
Sometimes we have the best intentions to run, but something gets in the way. Here are some of the most popular excuses for not running -- and how to make sure you don't fall victim to them.

Motivational Running Quotes
When you need a little motivation or inspiration to keep running, keep these quotes about running in mind.

6 Ways to Not to Be a Lazy Runner
Not motivated to run? Here are some ways to push through bouts of laziness and get out there to run.

How To Beat Boredom on the Treadmill
To maintain your running motivation, try some of these tips for beating boredom on the treadmill.

How Can I Boost My Confidence About Running?
How can a beginner runner boost her confidence? Get some tips.

How I Became a Runner
Readers share stories about how they became runners.

Share Your Running Blog
Do you have a blog about running? If so, why did you start and what do you get out of it? Does it help you stay motivated?

What's the Best Time of Day to Run?
Is it better to run in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Get the answer.

How Do You Stay Motivated to Run?
Every runner has days when it's tough to get motivated to run. How do you stay inspired to continue your running habit? Share your motivation secrets.

Tips for Recovering from a Bad Run
All runners have runs when we just don't feel great. You feel like you're trudging through the run, just going through the motions, and counting down the seconds and steps until the run is over. While it's tough to get through those types of runs, it's sometimes even harder to deal with the disappointment and frustration you feel after the run...

8 Ways to Enjoy Running and Racing More
If running is starting to feel like a chore, here are some ways to add some excitement into your running routine.

Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions
Make this the year you stick to your New Year's resolution to lose weight, get in shape, or live a healthier lifestyle. Here are some simple strategies to help turn your resolutions into reality.

Keep Running During the Holiday Season
Maintaining a regular running schedule is hard enough, but throw in some parties, shopping, food preparation, out-of-town guests, and other holiday craziness, and it may seem near impossible to find time for runs. Follow these tips to make sure you keep running during the holiday season:

5 Reasons to Volunteer at Running Races
Volunteering at a running race is a fun way to give back to the running community. Here are some other great reasons to volunteer at a race.

9 Ways to Boost Your Energy
Many runners cite low energy as one of the main reasons why they don't run as frequently as they'd like. Try out some of these suggestions to boost your energy.

How Do You Find Time to Run?
Lack of time is one of the most popular excuses for not running. How do you find time to run? Share your creative ideas and tips with other runners.

Running Motivation Tips
Motivation doesn't happen on its own. Follow these tips to get motivated to run.

Tips for Running While Traveling
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, get tips on how to keep running while you're away.

Tips for Running with Your Significant Other
Running with a buddy can help your motivation and, if that person is your significant other, it gives you a chance to spend some time together. But it's not always easy to work out with your sweetie, so here are some tips for making it an enjoyable experience:

Keep Running While You're Visiting Relatives
Staying with family or friends can sometimes make it difficult to maintain a regular running schedule. But it is possible to still get some runs in without coming across as a rude or inconsiderate guest. Try some of these strategies to make it easier:

Running Music Playlist: '80s Mix
If you're looking for classic '80s pop and rock songs that you love signing along to, this is the perfect running mix for you.

How to Set SMART Running Goals
Here's how to set running goals to keep you motivated.

How Can I Get Over the Running Blahs?
It's normal to go through periods of not feeling motivated to run. Here's how to beat the running blahs.

Quotes About Running Marathons
Running a marathon is an experience that's difficult to put into words. But these notable people from the running world manage to describe the physical and mental challenges of the 26.2-mile race.

What's Your Favorite Time of Day to Run?
There are pros and cons to running at all different times of the day. When do you usually run? Share your reasons for running in the morning, afternoon, or evening.

How to Be a Friendly Runner
Being a friendly runner can improve your running motivation and help you meet other runners. Follow these tips to become a friendlier runner.

Boost Your Mood While Running
If you're feeling tired, bored, or just grumpy while running, try some of these tips to boost your mood.

9 Ways to Help Beginner Runners
Helping a friend get started with running can help you stay motivated to stick with it. Here's how to encourage new runners.

Ideas for Running Resolutions
Whether you're starting a new year or a new running habit, here are some ideas for running goals and resolutions to keep you motivated.

8 Steps to Enjoying Cold Weather Running
Don't let cold weather zap your running motivation. Here are tips for not letting the cold weather be an excuse for not running.

Should I Hire a Running Coach?
If you'd like to hire a running coach, here are some of the pros and cons to think about.

6 Tips for Busy Runners
If you find you often don't have enough time to run, try some of these tips for busy runners.

How to Run Without Music
If you typically run with music, you may have difficulty running without it. Here are some strategies for running with your tunes.

Photo Gallery of Inspiring Marathon Signs
Getting ready to watch a marathon? Get ideas for your spectator signs from this photo gallery of inspiring marathon signs.

What Should I Do When a Run Isn't Going Well?
Should you throw in the towel if a run is not going the way you expected it to? Here are some things to think about before you call it quits.

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Running Progress
It's important for runners to periodically step back, think about how far you’ve come with running, and celebrate their progress. Here are some ways to pat yourself on the back.

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