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10 Tips for Maintaining Your Motivation to Run


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Reward Yourself
Running to the ice cream parlor can make a jog extremely satisfying.
Running to the ice cream parlor can make a jog extremely satisfying.
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Constantly reward yourself for sticking to your running regimen. After you've set a weekly or monthly goal, treat yourself for reaching it. Keep your feet looking pretty with a monthly pedicure, or have someone give you a pat on the back with a soothing sports massage. Pick out a running outfit for every race you complete, or grab an ice cream cone after your weekly 10-miler.

Rewards have a twofold benefit: They put a carrot stick in front of you, and, even more importantly, they tell you that you're worth it. Self-worth leads to taking care of yourself and enjoying life. For some, the biggest reward may be a much needed break. If you stick to your running schedule all week long, make sure that you take a day off at the end of the week.


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