6 Tips from running freak Elise to get you motivated for your run

1. I plan my runs in the morning

Personally I love to run before work. The evening before, I prepare clothes, headphones (if necessary), shoes and tracker, and make it myself as easy as possible.

Waking up early allows you to take time for yourself and enjoy this quiet, peaceful time of day. It boosts my productivity and concentration. And you won't have any stress during the day to ‘not have enough time’ for your run. On the contrary, you’re on a runner’s high all day long.

2. I'll Force a running buddy to come with me

Find a buddy to chat with so that you can really look forward to your runs together. Another benefit is that you're sure that you run at the right pace, as you can talk and run at the same time.

 Find someone to meet up with, and you will rarely miss a run!

3. I set goals

Personal goals or competitions, any goal is a goal. Break your intentions into small, manageable steps. This can include the amount of time you put in per week, how fast you run a certain distance or the number of days you run.

4. Find a podcast that spikes your interest...

I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling sluggish, a really interesting podcast episode can really give me the push I need to get out the door. There are so many good ones out there these days...

5. Reward yourself for going

The power of prizes always works! Rewards can be something as simple as allowing yourself an extra 30 minutes of sleep, a new pair of shorts or booking a massage. Or you can go all out with a giant piece of cheesecake.

6. Get some nice workout gear that makes you feel good

Dressing well can have a positive effect on how you perceive yourself, and it may motivate you to run more often.

Use your athletic clothes as a chance to experiment with styles you wouldn’t normally try. That could mean going for bright colors or wearing shorts when you normally wouldn’t.