What usually starts with a bang can sometimes fizzle a bit as the training progresses. Don't let that happen to you.

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What usually starts with a bang can sometimes fizzle a bit as the training progresses. Follow these six tips to keep your enthusiasm high.

1. Signed, sealed and delivered.

Make a commitment to a local 5K by officially registering for it. Don’t wait until race day, when silly excuses not to run suddenly sound reasonable.

2. Run with purpose. 

There are many worthy causes to support or people to run in honor or memory of. Make the training and race about more than yourself.

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3. Group effort.

Find a friend to join the fun. If a local group or buddy isn’t available, consider seeking out an online community for support and encouragement.

4. Reward yourself.

Every two weeks of consistent training give yourself a reward: a new pair of running socks, a massage or some new tunes on your playlist. Be creative!

5. Keep track.

Use a written or online running log to note your daily activities. Nothing is as motivating as seeing the miles pile up. Good choices for apps are Strava and MapMyRun.

6. Eye the prize.

Put your race registration on the fridge along with your training plan. Strategically post notes with your goals, intentions or other positive affirmations around the house, office and car.

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