Bring along a friend or running partner
Even the strongest, most dedicated solo runners need the occasional extra encouragement. Bringing along a fellow runner not only provides an additional motivational boost, but also provides for a great opportunity to socialize and spend some bonding time. Bringing someone along can also help to make the time pass faster and to help overcome fatigue and soreness. You can also join a running group in the San Francisco area by using resources like Meetup.com.
Explore the outdoors
Nothing harms motivation like endless repetition, or even spending too much time at one specific place, such as an indoor gym. Adding variety to your list of running locations helps build a more solid running schedule by adding excitement and the anticipation of seeing the brand new landscapes and faces that the beautiful Bay Area has to offer.
Take advantage of the Bay Area’s diverse terrains
The sheer number of trails and designated running areas in and around the Bay Area provides something for everyone. Due to the geographical diversity of San Francisco, it’s easy to traverse a variety of settings in just a single run. With a little bit of patience and willingness, one can see the heart of the city, stunning architecture, and wind up at the beachside in as little as 30 minutes of running.
Use running as your own personal time
This is arguably the key to keeping a constant running regimen. Set aside a certain amount of time each day (1-2 hours) for personal time. This selected period of time must be constant, and not subject to external conditions or influence. In this time, run around and explore what the neighborhood or the running destination of the day has to offer, and take in the sights, smells and sounds of the city.
Rewards and treats for meeting running goals
Sweeten the running deal with a running achievement bonus. Each time a running goal (mileage, number of days in a week ran, etc.) is achieved, check out the local food or entertainment offerings around San Francisco and feel free to indulge. For shopaholics, there is of course the option of buying something nice for yourself as a reward. In addition to bringing fun and variety into your daily routine, this is a great way to maintain motivation and excitement for running.