How I’m Staying Motivated to Train During the Summer

Two weeks ago I shared tips for summer training.  No matter how many things you do in order to make training during the summer more bearable, even the best athletes find it difficult to stay motivated to train during the summer, especially when the heat and humidity spike high.  Even though I surprised myself with a PR at ZOOMA Annapolis last month, I’m hopeful that my hard work will pay off at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly in mid-September, which is my goal race for the fall.  So what am I doing to stay motivated, especially during the current heat wave?

summer motivation

1.  I’m focusing on positive thinking and believing in myself.  Sure, the heat and humidity are challenging my ability to push myself, but if I don’t convince myself that I can push through the difficulty that comes with training during the summer, then how can I physically expect myself to meet the challenge?

2.  I’m staying focused on my goal.  While I haven’t set my race goals yet, and won’t until closer to race day, I know that I want to push myself to PR.  And if I don’t keep my focus on that goal as I train, then I won’t be able to reach my goal in September.

3.  I’m making my training a priority.  Summer is always a busy time of the year, and this is my busiest summer yet since I’m now a mom.  But as I look at my calendar each week, I’m prioritizing my training in order to make sure that I still fit my training in, especially my long runs.  Even when traveling, I’m making sure to do my best to still find time to train.

Despite the hilly area that I was in this past weekend while in New Jersey, I still made sure that I got my long run for the week in.

Despite the hilly area that I was in this past weekend while in New Jersey, I still made sure that I got my long run for the week in.

4.  I’m reminding myself that its okay to slow down.  While this seems counterproductive to my goal to PR, its not only okay to slow down during the summer, but its essential, especially when its super hot and/or humid outside.  My speed will come back once the heat and/or humidity are more favorable.

5.  I’m reminding myself that fall PRs are made with hard work during the summer.  I constantly remind myself of this, especially when I don’t want to head out the door for a run or in the middle of an extremely difficult run.

QOTD: How do you keep yourself motivated to train during the summer?

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27 Responses to How I’m Staying Motivated to Train During the Summer

  1. Since I live in a perpetual summer, my bag of tricks for dealing with the heat and humidity is deep, with proper hydration and salt intake always sitting at the top I’ve learned not to beat myself up if I don’t hit my goal times as I know as it starts to cool down, they’ll come easier. I count it as a win that i can get out there and at least get the miles done. Looking at heat training as an advantage for the Disney races helps too! 🙂

  2. The heat and humidity are really tough every summer, but more so this year! I keep reminding myself that my speed will return in the fall. That’s what keeps me going.

  3. Lesley says:

    I know if I have a fall race, even a 5k, it’s something to look forward to and work towards. I haven’t decided which one yet so I’m just keeping up with my strength with occasional runs.

  4. I’m glad training is going well for you. This heat is really kicking my but. I am staying positive and in the right frame of mind but once I start running my body is just rejecting the thought…lol

  5. It’s funny–I have no problem staying motivated during the summer! But then again, I have a gym to go to. If I didn’t, I think that motivation would be fewer and farther between!

  6. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    I think being focused on a goal definitely helps keep up the motivation in the summer months! It’s tough out there but remember your purpose is what it’s all about! Can’t wait to hear your goals for RnR Philly!

  7. Chaitali says:

    It sounds like you’ve got some good things going on to motivate you! I haven’t had to start training yet since my Fall race is in November but I’ve been trying to at least maintain my base. Making running dates with friends has helped me out.

  8. Karyl Henry says:

    Thanks for this post! Crazy as it sounds, I like running in the heat, and it leans me out faster. It’s the winter that does me in, when all I want to do is stay curled up in a ball under a blanket 🙂

  9. I am having a tough time with runs its been very humbling out there lately!

  10. jackiethom says:

    Love this. I’m feeling the hot summer de-motivation too and try to remind myself that it’s okay to slow down. Thanks for these tips/motivation!

  11. I am clinging to the notion that fall PRS are made in the summer, or else I would have given up a while ago. Great job on your training.

  12. I generally don’t have issues with summer running, but this year I am, so instead of forcing it, I’m allowing myself to take a break.

  13. I’ve been making it a point to go as slow as I need to as well. It’s hard seeing such slow paces on my watch but it’s been so hot and humid that you just gotta deal with it haha. Great tips!

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