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3 Ways To Get Out And Run Right Now

Challenge yourself.
Alisha Perkins, a mother-runner blogger and author of the upcoming book Running Home, says, “Little challenges can validate your running prowess. Try going just a half-mile farther or 10 seconds faster at the end of a run. Sometimes you need to physically do it before your brain will believe it.”

Adopt a mantra.
Olympian Kara Goucher uses positive self-talk to carry her through tough runs and races. “I have had so many mantras. Sometimes I just have one word that I have thought of during training, like confidence or courage,” she says. “When I say that word to myself, it conjures up all sorts of feelings of getting through tough times and it helps me focus on the task at hand.”

Related: 4 Ways To Up Your Running Confidence

Turn on your favorite song—and play it on repeat.
There’s a reason that one track has a special place in your runner heart. It elicits an emotional response, often a powerful one. The music tells your mind and body, Yes, I can do this. Why not put it on loop?

Caitlyn Pilkington

Caitlyn Pilkington is the web editor for Women's Running. She started running competitively in 2001 and has completed three marathons and tons of half marathons. Her proudest moment as a runner was crossing the finish line of her first marathon in 3:29, qualifying for the 2016 Boston Marathon.