TIPS FOR KEEPING MOTIVATED:
Run with others – Being accountable to others will tip you over the balance of erring, to going. Join a club, set up a weekly run with a friend, join a Run the Wild event, there are so many of us out there that are in the same boat and need a running buddy.
Dress warm – Layer up! You are far less likely to get out for a run if you feel cold. It doesn’t matter if after 5 minutes you need to take off a layer, it got you out the door! The key thing is to have a layer system, don’t go just t-shirt and jacket as you’ll have no optionality.
Start small – The first 10 minutes is always the worst! Your body takes around 10 minutes to move into a majority aerobic state, this is why those first few minutes always feel bad. So if you are not feeling like getting out there, just aim to do the warm-up only. It tricks your mind into getting out the door, often you will keep going but it gives you the headspace to get started.
Reward your run – You’ve got out there, you’ve done your run, re-enforce that with a reward. You’re training your inner dog! It can be a hot bath, hot chocolate, or preparing your favourite meal, whatever it is, give yourself a pat on the back!
Dual task – Including some purpose on your run, again that will reduce your hesitancy to get out there. Maybe it’s posting some letters, picking up some shopping or going to see the local Christmas lights on a run.
Sign up to an event! – A race or a Run the Wild event, or one of our running holidays in the Alps. Something to keep you on track and getting out the door and that culminates into an overall achievement. It will all seem worth it when you are cruising those alpine balcony paths in the sunshine.
Set micro-goals – The trick of running when you don’t want to, is to shift the focus. Focus on your arm drive, your running form, your breathing. Maybe set a goal of running with 1 minute of breathing through your nose. Set weekly goals of adding in some strides during your run, hops or skips. Whatever it is, it should be small, distracting and fun.
Strength & Conditioning – Don’t want to go outside? Then don’t! We have found 99% of all runners that we see don’t do anywhere near enough strength and conditioning. Running is not all about running! Get stronger for speed, hills and trails by doing just 15 minutes on some S&R.