I recently ran a poll on my Facebook page asking runners if they struggled for motivation to run in the morning and the results of this poll revealed that 100% of the participants struggle for motivation to run in the morning! I'm hoping this blog can help with that.
The truth is that motivation fades for everyone. You should not depend on it but rather, create a system of habits that incorporate running as part of your every day schedule.
This is how I stay consistent with my running:
Every night before bed, I lay out all my running gear, accessories and gadgets on a table. I preset an alarm with a label that's typically something like - "No excuses! Get your butt out of bed!" or "Sleep is for broke people. Start running." Once that's done, and I'm settled I start to visualize my run the next morning. I imagine how good it feels to be alive, to be able to run comfortably in the cool, morning breeze. This nightly ritual keeps me locked in and focused and it generates excitement for my next run. Nowadays, what previously required motivation and willpower is now standard operating procedure. I don't feel like running sometimes, but I go out and run regardless. Don’t sit around waiting for the moment when you feel like going for a run, because that moment may never come. The trick is to just go, even when you don’t feel like running. Some of you reading this are employed and some (maybe most) days you don't feel like going for work but you show up anyway. It's the same system you need to employ for your running -- Get up, lace up and show up!
All in all, it's not about motivation; it's about the discipline of getting things done by building a system of habits.
Here are some tips that you can use to get your runs completed consistently:
Motivation is temporary, discipline is permanent.