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10 Tips for Maintaining Your Motivation to Run


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Buy New Shoes
Even the most sedentary person couldn't resist the allure of shiny new running sneaks like these.
Even the most sedentary person couldn't resist the allure of shiny new running sneaks like these.
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Dedicated runners know that there’s something special happening every time you lace up a new pair of running shoes for the first time. These unsoiled, new-smelling shoes are like a clean slate and a new start, and another opportunity to surge towards your running goals.

What’s more, they are the protective gear that will help carry you for hundreds of miles across the landscape. So unless you’ve taken up trendy barefoot running, these two shoes are the one constant partner you’ll have on every single run. New shoes, then, are a bit like a new friend.

With those ideas in mind, don’t simply visit the nearest shoe store and grab the first pair of shoes you see. Take the time to find the right shoes. If you do a lot of trail running, research the best-rated dirt and rock shoes you can find online. You can put the same effort into finding a pair of lightweight racing shoes, or shoes that best fit your high or low arches.

In the end, you’ll have a more comfortable pair of shoes and have the satisfaction of knowing they’re the best for your style of running. And when you have a brand-new pair of shoes sitting by the front door, they are a constant reminder that you need to go outside and get them dirty.


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