Every runner—and even their coaches—have days where they just don’t want to run. When that happens it is easy to shrug it off as not being motivated; however, that may not actually be the issue.
Terry Chiplin, founder of Active at Altitude and the athlete-focused mental training app activacuity, explains that willpower “can make the difference between consistently making good decisions that support your training regimen and help you achieve your goals—or it can leave you stuck in a rut or plateau that you can’t seem to find a way out of.”
After looking through research on the subject, Chiplin actually found out that we may be looking at willpower and its relation to our running all wrong.
Here are a few things to consider the next time you feel unmotivated—and what to do about it with your new outlook.