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10 Tips for Maintaining Your Motivation to Run


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Run with a Buddy (or Several)
Running with friends allows you to have fun and push each other to new heights at the same time.
Running with friends allows you to have fun and push each other to new heights at the same time.
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Running isn't usually a team sport, but that doesn't mean that you won't want to be around other runners. For most of us, a daily running partner isn't practical unless your significant other or best running pal has the exact same schedule. But running with a friend once or twice a week keeps you honest. It adds a little more guilt when you decide that sleeping in or sipping on a glass of wine seems more appealing than hitting the trail.

Take social running a step further by joining a running club. You're more likely to keep it up if you're around others driving toward the same objective. Submerge yourself in a running community by planning activities around your runs. Plan a weekend morning run followed by brunch, or celebrate a jog in the afternoon with happy hour. Frequent your local running store and meet other runners. Running store owners and employees usually have a genuine passion for the sport and are ideal motivators.


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