9 Ways to Stay Motivated When You Run

by Estelle Low
FITNESS  |  July 04, 2017
  • Yes, you can look forward to running all the time
    1 / 15 Yes, you can look forward to running all the time

    Running can sometimes feel like a pain in the neck. We understand.

    Here are some quick ways – recommended by our Shape Fit Girl finalists – to feel recharged again.

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  • Betsy Chen, pilates and fitness instructor
    2 / 15 Betsy Chen, pilates and fitness instructor

    Since taking part in her first race at the Shape Run 2013, Betsy has gone on to join more running events, including half marathons. This year, Betsy is joining Shape Run 2017 as a 10km pacer.

    She says: “At the beginning, running was very difficult for me. I got through the tough period with motivation from friends and my running group. I hope to pay it forward and encourage more people to start running.”

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  • Find good company
    3 / 15 Find good company

    Pick experienced runners with a positive attitude, of course.

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  • Up your music tempo
    4 / 15 Up your music tempo

    If you want shorter, quicker strides, choose songs with 160 to 180 beats per minute.

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  • Focus on your form
    5 / 15 Focus on your form

    Running with a poor posture will make you feel more tired, and increase your risk of injury.

    (Also read: These Running Tips Will Help to Tone Your Butt & Thighs!)

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  • Victoria Pang, graduate trainee
    6 / 15 Victoria Pang, graduate trainee

    Victoria won Shape Singapore’s first Shape Fit Girl contest, a competition to find the most inspiring fitness enthusiast. She lifts weights and does yoga to stay flexible. She will be joining the Shape Run squad relay this year.

    She says: “I wanted to try something new and push myself out of my comfort zone. Being in this relay makes me want to push myself a little more, as I don’t want to let the rest of my team down.”

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  • Wear a fitness tracker
    7 / 15 Wear a fitness tracker

    Having your running stats monitored and recorded will keep you on track literally.

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  • Shermaine Tan, HR executive and part-time yoga teacher
    8 / 15 Shermaine Tan, HR executive and part-time yoga teacher

    Shermaine usually does high-intensity interval training as well as strength training workouts in the gym. She complements her workouts with yoga. Shermaine will join Victoria in the Shape Run squad relay this year.

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  • Breathe steadily
    9 / 15 Breathe steadily

    Doing so helps to regulate your pace.

    (Also read: 3 Tips to Run Faster & More Efficiently)

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  • Sophie Mong, project manager and freelance makeup artist
    10 / 15 Sophie Mong, project manager and freelance makeup artist

    Sophie does strength training and kickboxing workouts regularly. This year, she’s joining Victoria and Shermaine in the Shape Run squad relay, where each team member will run 5km.

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  • Think of anything but the distance
    11 / 15 Think of anything but the distance

    When you can’t enjoy running, distraction is the cure.

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  • Natasha Goh, realtor
    12 / 15 Natasha Goh, realtor

    Natasha is an avid runner and participant of obstacle course races. This year, she will be running the 5km Shape Run while being 20 weeks pregnant.

    She says: “I’m planning on making this my first race in costume or novelty gear just for fun, since I won’t be gunning for timing or able to push myself hard. I hope to finish within 40 minutes though.”

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  • Surround yourself with sights
    13 / 15 Surround yourself with sights

    Running becomes so much more enjoyable when there are lovely things to look at.

    (Also read: 6 Outdoor Running Routes in Singapore)

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  • Start slow
    14 / 15 Start slow

    Run at an easy pace to let your muscles warm up, then slowly pick it up. Start fast and you risk burning out.

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  • Monitor your heart rate
    15 / 15 Monitor your heart rate

    Don’t underestimate the benefits of heart rate monitoring.

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