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Staying Motivated Without a Race to Train For (with Video)

This past weekend I ran my last “race” of the year at the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, which this year become the Wine and Dine “Little Farther Than a 10k”.

The problem I know face is something I try to prevent as much as possible, and that is staying motivated when I no longer have a race to train for.

As of right now, I have no races on my calendar for the rest of 2015, and I haven’t planned anything for 2016 yet either. And when I’m not training for anything in particular, I definitely struggle with getting up early to go run on a consistent basis.

But over the years of facing this struggle, I’ve developed a handful of tips that I use to help me stay motivated until I’m able to sign up for my next race.

Press play to learn how I stay motivated to train even when I don’t have a race to train for.

Do You Struggle with Staying Motivated When You’re Not Training for a Race? If So, Please Share Your Best Tips for Staying Motivated in the Comments Below!

Having a Hard Time Finding the Motivation to Run?

Quick Tip-Staying Motivated to Run Without a Race

As much as I love running, talking about running, reading about running, and anything else that has to do with running, I do have a problem staying motivated to run when I don’t have a race on my schedule.

Having a Hard Time Staying Motivated to Run?

Having a Hard Time Staying Motivated to Run?

Now, I don’t mean that I lose all motivation to run, but the odds of me going for a 10+ miler when I don’t have any pressing reason to run that far are a lot less when I’m not prepping for a race.

And that is the exact reason that I always try to have a race on my calendar. But let’s be honest, between work, family, and other obligations, always having a race to chase isn’t always practical.

So today, I want to offer a couple of suggestions that I use for staying motivated to run even when I don’t have a race on the calendar. Read more

Greg Unger

Greg Unger Lives Life with a “Go Big or Go Home” Attitude


On today’s show, I’m joining a Greg Unger for a few easy miles.

Greg has an amazing story when it comes to his evolution as a runner, starting off as a very serious body builder before diving into the deep end of the running scene. And as you can see, he doesn’t exactly look like your typical marathoner/endurance athlete.

Greg Unger

Greg Unger

Greg wasn’t a runner growing up, but he definitely was into lifting weights. At some point a few years ago, he decided he wanted to drop a little bit of weight and started to dabble with running here and there.

As his health habits improved and he continued to feel better, he really got into endurance sports.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Here are some of the highlights of our conversation: Read more

Steady Progress

Steady Progress Leads to the Results You Want

Three weeks into 2015, how are you doing with your goals/resolutions for the year?

If you’re like me, you’re working on some big things this year, and three weeks is barely enough time to put  a dent into any of them. The fact that so little progress has been made to date could be seen as frustrating if I wasn’t fully committed to the task at hand.

Make Steady Progress

No wonder so many resolutions struggle to make it past the three week mark. Read more

New Years Resolutions, Success, Work

Are Marathoners Better at Keeping New Years Resolutions?

New Years Resolutions (or any big goals, for that matter) sound good for the first few days of the year. But, now that we are a couple of weeks into 2015, the burden associated with keeping our resolutions start to get real. By now, we are back at work, the kids are back in school, and the demands of “real life” are back with a vengeance and our resolutions become more and more difficult to maintain.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that many people are struggling to keep their New Years Resolutions by the second week of January. However, I’m still going strong on my resolutions for 2015, and I have no plans to start slacking in the foreseeable future.

Now, I don’t say this to brag. I’m struggling with a couple of my resolutions, but I have strategies in place to help me pick up the slack without sacrificing the momentum I’ve created on the goals that are going strong right now. Read more