This area is exclusively for Team Starfish event fundraisers, raising money to help struggling families get a vital break.
If you are struggling to find the will to get outside and run, it may be because you are putting too much pressure on yourself to perform.
Whatever your experience or ability, telling yourself that you have to run at a certain time, or achieve a certain pace or goal might be counterproductive.
If your mojo has gone walkabouts, it could be time to go back to some basics and get the enjoyment back into running.
Remember why you run and do it for you
With modern day apps it’s almost impossible to run without getting analysed. How did your pace compare? How many calories did you burn? Was it faster or slower than last time? How you compared to people you’ve never heard of in a certain segment… The list goes on and it’s not always overly helpful.
See how you feel and run at your speed making it as comfortable or as hard as you want to. Build flexibility into your routes so that if you are going well, you can add a bit on. But it’s equally fine to cut a run short if you aren’t quite feeling it. You could even try running without a GPS for a change!
Variety is the spice of life
Mix up your routes and head off onto new paths, parks or trails. Try different distances or introduce some hills or interval sprints every now and again. Make sure you get your head up and enjoy your surroundings; even in an urban setting there are new things to see and discover.
Hit the beat
If you like running to music, take the time beforehand to create a playlist of your favourite tunes. Choose music that inspires you or that matches your mood on any given day. Or maybe download a podcast and catch up with current affairs or comedy (a word of caution – laughing and running aren’t always compatible!).
Go when it suits you
With a busy schedule it can be hard to squeeze in a run, and there is pressure to slot it in when you can. You’ll fine lots of blogs recommending you set of early to kick-start your day, and that can be good advice, but it doesn’t suit everybody. Work out when you want to run, when it feels right and you can enjoy it the most. Then make the effort to clear the time – the exercise will do you the world of good.
Score the goal
Putting pressure on yourself to run a particular time or distance could be the cause of your lack of motivation. But having no target can be equally demotivating. Have a think about some other targets, like the number of runs or total distance you want to run in a month. Apps like Strava are often setting challenges which are free to join. Sometimes the best feeling is achieving a challenge you’d forgotten you’d joined!
Run with somebody
Lacing up your trainers and getting out of the door can be the hardest part. Having a running partner or club session can be great way to get over that hurdle.
Remember why you run
Finally, a couple of things to always remember.
1) Everybody starts running for a reason. What was yours?
2) Exercises really is good for you. Amongst other benefits, it causes the body to release endorphins which can improve your mood, help to ease stress and can even lead to a feeling of euphoria. In other words, you’ll feel great afterwards!
3) Think of the families. If you are training for an event and raising money for the charity, you'll be helping more families to get a much needed and often life changing break away from home.
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