We're creatures of habit, so it's best to embed running into your schedule in the same way you would brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Choose a regular running schedule, and be honest with yourself. If you're a zombie in the morning, chances are you won't pop out of bed at 5 a.m. for a jog. If you're just starting, running 5 miles each day isn't very realistic. In any case, try to fit running into your day, whether it's in the morning or evening. Set your cloths out the day before, and set up little reminders around the house, including pictures of your favorite runners or posters of upcoming races for inspiration.
After setting goals, account for them in a running journal. Your journal could include distances, pace and side notes about your chosen route that day. After writing for a few weeks, set weekly goals to push your pace and distance. Your goals may periodically include signing up for a race. Not only is an actual race a motivator for keeping up a schedule, but surrounding yourself with other avid runners reminds you why you started running in the first place. And let's not discount the adrenaline rush that comes from having fans cheering you on from the sidelines.
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