Running is a great way to stay active and healthy, both physically and mentally.

It can be an effective stress reliever and can improve your overall mood.

But what do you do when you’ve lost your running mojo? I’ve been asked this a lot recently.

So here are my top tips on how to get your running mojo back and and reap those all-important mental health benefits:

It happens to us all

Firstly, it’s important to acknowledge that everyone has off days, and it’s okay to not be super motivated all the time.

However, it’s crucial to identify the underlying reasons for the lack of motivation.

Is it a physical issue, like being short on time, or a mental block? Once you identify the root cause, it’s easier to tackle the issue and get yourself back up and running.

Remind yourself why

One of the most significant benefits of running is its effect on mental health.

It can improve your mood, help with sleep and help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

It’s important to remind yourself of this and focus on the mental health benefits, rather than the physical ones when you’re lacking motivation.

Set small goals

Another great way to get back into running is to set small, achievable goals.

This can be something as simple as running for five minutes without stopping or running a certain distance – or simply ‘I will get out of the door twice a week’.

Once you achieve these goals, it can be motivating to set new ones and challenge yourself a little further.

Switch it up

Switching up your routine and exploring new running routes can help to make running feel less monotonous and more exciting.

Do you usually run on the roads? Try a run on the trails instead! Exploring new areas can also be a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and scenery.

Mix up your workouts

I use Runna for my plans – if you are stuck in a rut I’d recommend you check them out.

Don’t worry if you haven’t got an event in the diary – their ‘maintenance plans’ will simply get you out the door.

The sessions are varied and provide the structure and routine to help get you motivated.

Take a look here – Use code RWR2 for 2 weeks free and I’m sure you will love it as much as I do.

Buddy up

Another way to reignite your love for running is to find a running buddy.

Running with a friend (or even a pet) can be motivating, and you can encourage each other to keep going.

It’s also an excellent opportunity to catch up and chat while getting your daily exercise in.

Rest up

Lastly, it’s important to remember to listen to your body and take rest days when needed.

Overtraining can lead to burnout and decreased motivation.

It’s crucial to give your body the rest it needs to recover and come back stronger.

Remember to listen to your body and take rest days when needed.

With these tips, you’ll be back to running and enjoying it in no time!


📸 @run.the.mind