The New Year has come and past. It blazed a trail by many of us, and we're head-over-heels trying to follow in its stead. We've devoted ourselves to new routines designed to help us reach higher goals than we have ever attempted to reach before.
The problem is that the drive required to reach those soon-to-be achievements tends to be as ephemeral as the void from whence they came; this means that failing to reach our new goals is often as simple as being unable to keep hold of what drives us to reach them.
When it comes to running, – no matter if you're a casual enthusiast whom walks more than she sprints or a serious endurance runner, – everything is determined by our minds. Our dreams start there, and those dreams give us the ability to reach our goals when we pursue them.
The good news is that there are certain things you can do to help give your motivation some permanence.
Little reminders of why you're trying to achieve your running goals will help you propel yourself forward. The little things, from your daily routines to the socks you wear, can help you remember the reason behind your drive.
That's why starting by tailoring your routine around those little reminders of what pushes you forward will help you reach your running goals. So long as you cling to those reminders, you'll find the drive to push yourself forward with each day.
Another way to inspire yourself during your runs is to decorate yourself with something inspirational while your run. Running jewelry represents one of the best ways to do this, as it's beautiful, and it’s a visible representation of your love for running.
The best part is that running jewelry can vary in both form and function. Some has a purely aesthetic value while others have more tactile functions that you can feel and hear with each step.
Running jewelry can also represent “the little things” taken to a new level, which can be just what you need to keep moving forward!
Last, but certainly not least, on the list of things you can do to push yourself to run harder, faster and longer, is to mark every achievement you reach.
The only caveat to this is that you need to reconsider what is an achievement. Sometimes making your normal running routine despite feeling under the weather can be one of the biggest achievements, because it can represent a time where you could have given up but didn't.
Reaching Your Goals
Remember that a big part of reaching your goals is knowing when to reward yourself. Every little battle won is something worth celebrating, which is why the most successful people tend to be both the hardest working and the most generous when it comes to celebrating.
Don't forget to celebrate every accomplishment when it comes to your running career. You'll reinforce good behaviors, which in turn will help you focus on the goals you can and will achieve.