Running a marathon is no easy task — and what I think is actually harder than running a marathon is training for it. I’ve run a marathon on zero training, and now my next goal is to cut an hour off of my marathon time by actually training.
So many things go into training for a marathon — but personally I believe there’s one aspect that is way more difficult to overcome than the rest. Is it buying all the (right) gear? Picking the right training plan? Choosing the marathon to run? Learning to fuel your body right? Actually putting in the miles?
While all of those things might be considered the hardest for some people, personally I don’t believe any of those things are actually the hardest part of training for a marathon.
For me, motivation is the hardest part of training for a marathon. It’s easy to go put the miles in, but it’s hard to actually get up and go. It’s easy to move forward, but it’s hard to keep moving forward when you’re tired or bored.
I’m motivated to run another marathon – and I’m motivated to improve my marathon time, but I struggle so much with motivating myself to train for it. I know I need to train — but it’s so much easier to stay in bed or to only run two miles instead of ten.
I’ve been recently trying to challenge myself by finding different ways to motivate myself. Today it was treating myself to a latte if I ran more than five miles. Other days I’ve treated myself with eating at a western restaurant for dinner, or doing a different activity.
Normally I’m someone who is much more intrinsically motivated, and things don’t motivate me as much. However, I’ve been struggling with that here in China. I don’t really have the same support system here, and I lack friends who are interested in running the types of activities I did back home.
So here’s a question for my friends, family, and anyone else who is awesome enough to follow my blog: How do you motivate yourself? How do you stick to that regular schedule? How do you just get out there and do it?