As my excitement to begin a new training plan builds (only two more days!), I am finding myself more and more motivated to run. Times like these – at the beginning of a new training plan when you’re feeling really strong – are easy to get out the door. Excitement is high, so finding motivation to get off the couch and hit the pavement comes easily.
No matter how much I love running, though, there always comes a time when finding motivation is tough. Getting out the door after a long day, or when the weather is bad is so much more challenging than when I’m feeling fresh at the start of something new. Knowing that these times will inevitably arrive at some point during my next training plan makes me want to do everything in my power to avoid them.
Finding running excitement now is easy, while I anticipate something new and have a fresh start at accomplishing my goals. But what happens when the cold weather doesn’t seem to end, or it feels impossible to run another mile?
That’s when I turn to my favorite running inspiration.
Rediscovering all of my favorite running inspiration has amplified my excitement to the extreme! There is nothing I love more than simple reminders about why this sport is so great. It helps keep my problems in perspective and remind me why I started. In order to remind myself of the passion I feel for running, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of things that have been the most inspirational for me throughout my time as a runner.
Here are my absolute favorite sources of running inspiration.
Running Inspiration: Books
I have read this book 3 times and still get something new out of it every time. Reading this book feels like I’m talking to a friend! Everything is so easy to relate to and all of the stories make me want to throw on my running shoes and head out the door. Kristin combines a bunch of separate stories into one book, showing us a glimpse into her life and how running has helped her through everything; from the most mundane, to the darkest moments in her life.
This book really puts all of my running “problems” in perspective. Reading what Bart has been through was incredibly eye opening and humbling. This book is a great mix of so many emotions, and definitely left me feeling more excited about running than ever before. I think it’s time to read it again!
I read this book quite a few years ago but have never forgotten it. It’s not a classic “running” book, but touches on so many things that relate to any sort of physical activity. The author, Matt, was hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. He describes his struggles to regain physical independence through many challenges and incredible perseverance. I cannot even imagine what he must have gone through. His story is incredibly inspiring!
Running Inspiration: Reminders
I personally don’t have any of these, but I see them often at races and love the idea. It would be so great to have your mantra on your shoe laces as a nice little reminder anytime you look down.
I have a bracelet similar to this that says “pain is temporary”. I love these kind of reminders when times get tough and it’s easy to get caught up in the struggle. Wearing a mantra on your wrist helps keep you focused on the big picture when you need it the most!
Any of Brooks “Run Happy” clothes:)
Running Inspiration: Articles & Motivation
These are some of my favorites! It’s fun to look back on times when motivation was at a high or low point and remember why this happened.
- The Best 15 Reasons to Run
- 26.2 Things Runners Love
- Five Things that Will Inspire You Today
- When You Have Nothing Left to Give
- Why Keep Running?
Running Inspiration: Quotes