Motivating Miles

You have been out for a few runs, your soundtrack is awesome and your app is ready. But, you have lost all motivation to run. Here are some tips to keep you motivated and continue running. 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you 
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1.Book an Event/ Race 
There is no motivator like a looming race deadline. You can find an event online in seconds. 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Full, find one and book! 

I first signed up to ‘park run’ and would go on Saturday mornings to complete a 5K. After a few weeks I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for a Marathon (giving myself 9 months to train). 

2. Plan/ schedule your runs 
Once you have booked an event, make a plan. My Asics has a superb free online training plan. You could also create your own schedule, but remember to record it all on an app (Strava).

I have created a January running plan for ‘beginers’. Check it out!

3. Find a running buddy 
Running with a friend or a group means you are less likely to cancel. You can find a local club or see who is interested in your friend group. 

I started running alone and it was hard to motivate myself to get up and go. Last year I wanted to start running in the early mornings (5:30am) to get my training in before work. Having a person to run with was the only reason I got up and out of bed at that time. I didn’t want to keep them waiting, Thanks Charlotte 😉

4. Remember your reasons for running 
To get in shape? Help your wellbeing? or clear your mind from the days’ clutter? Remind yourself why you wanted to get into running. Think about what is stopping you, and write down what will happen if you do not run. Hopefully, the answers to all these questions will provide some motivation to get out there! 

I wanted to complete a challenge whilst aged 21, to mark the age. My challenge was a marathon and when I didn’t want to run I would think about the event. I would think about the pain I would feel if I didn’t complete the race, and how difficult the day would be if I had not properly prepared. Current discomfort for future success was my motivator.

Wanting more? Leave a question in the comments and I’ll get back to you …

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