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Now that you know the basics about running, these tips from RunnerMom Vickie Leff will keep your motivation levels high.

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Vivian Manning-Schaffel: The last installment of our RunnerMom series was all about mapping out a suitable route for your runs. This week, RunnerMom gives us motivating tips to stay the course.

Enlist a Running Buddy
Find a running buddy with a similar schedule and lifestyle that you can set goals with. "You don't have to run with them, just be accountable to them," says Leff. "I had a friend who vowed to run her first marathon before her 40th birthday, so I did it with her. It was my first marathon too and I won my age division -- because I was the only one in it!"

Sign Up for a Road Race
Now don't be intimidated -- most runners in 5k (3 mile) road races aren't trained triathletes. They're your average everyday person inspired by a cause. "Even if you end up walking more than running, being in a large group of people will keep your momentum going," says Leff. "It's a concrete, reachable, manageable goal and you can do it in under 45 minutes. It's not going to kill you and it gives you a deadline to train for."

Pump Up the Volume
To get in stride, there's no better motivator than a kick-ass soundtrack because, let's face it, "Running without music is boring," says Leff. Get yourself an mp3 player and load it with songs with a strong backbeat.

Look the Part
On the fence about heading out for a loop? Put on the shorts and you're more likely to make it out the door. "You want to feel comfortable and you want to feel like a real runner," says Leff. "Act as if you are a runner, because it makes you behave like a runner." Invest in the hottest new running skorts or culottes and you might find yourself inspired to log more miles.

Can't wait 'til next week for more RunnerMom info? Check out Vickie's RunnerMom page in our momlogic community for tips and info!

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Anonymous June 22, 2009, 3:52 PM

Signing up for a race really helped to motivate me when I started cycling, so I am thinking I will go ahead and sign up for that triathlon. The running part is what scares me. But, since I have the swimming and cycling parts down now, this article reminded me that the worst that can happen is I walk the 2 miles instead of running in the triathlon!! I gave up running when I went to college about 20 years ago because I had no spare time or car and I had to walk everywhere anyway. But while I was running, my Walkman was what motivated me, so I think this is great advice from RunnerMom Vickie. Thanks for the article and the extra kick in the butt to get me running again.

Anonymous June 22, 2009, 11:20 PM

Thanks for the tips! I was thinking about doing a 5K race, but felt nervous I’d be out of place as a new runner. Thanks for the push!

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