Running Motivation – Give Yourself A Reward!

That’s right!  A great way to stay motivated to get out the door for your run is to reward yourself for a job well done!  Here is how the “reward” method of running motivation can work.

First of all, give yourself a goal.  You can make it a weekly mileage goal, a monthly mileage goal or it can even be running for so many days in a week.  Make it fairly easy to attain – but do make it something that you will have to stretch a little bit to reach.

Then, decide what your reward will be.  For myself, the harder the goal – the greater the reward.  There are several things that you can use as a reward:

1.  A new article of running clothes.  If there’s that really nifty pair of shorts that you’ve been eyeing – when you reach your goal – go buy them!

2.   A massage.  Another one of my favorite ways to reward myself.  If I’m training hard for something and I’ve reached a goal – I love treating myself to a nice massage.  It’s a great motivator!

3.  Go out to eat at your favorite restaurant.  Or if you eat super healthy – it might even cutting loose with your favorite “bad for you food”.

4.  Your reward can be as simple as some yummy chocolate chip cookies.  Or, in my case – a bag of Doritos!  Or maybe your favorite splurge is ice cream.  Whatever it is – it’s a great reward!

5.  A glass of wine or a nice cold beer after a hard run.

6.  Treating yourself to some good old fast food.  It’s alright to eat bad once in a while!  Besides, we run it off!

7.  If you’re running long on Saturday or Sunday, you could reward yourself with a nice doughnut.  It’s a great motivator when your about mile 17 out of 20.  Knowing those Krispy Kreme’s are there waiting on you!

8.  Buy some nice running bling!  I love wearing my running jewelry.  And, I will buy a new piece from time to time to reward myself!  I wear one of my running necklaces all the time!  I never take it off.

(A great place to buy your running jewelry that is very reasonably priced is at Use “thestreakingrunner” at check out for free shipping!)

9.  Sign up for another race.  If one of your goals was to run a race – and you trained and finished – a super way to reward yourself is to sign up for another one.

10.  Buy a running book.  This is a 2-fold purpose.  You’ve rewarded yourself for your goal – and the book will continue to motivate you in the future!


As you can see, there are many ways to reward yourself after a job well done.  So, make your goal – and go for it.  And, then treat yourself!  After all you deserve it!

Run Happy!


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