Training: Staying motivated
Staying motivated

Maybe you've finished the big challenge you set yourself for this year. Or perhaps you've nailed that PB and don't know what to aim for next. Or it could simply be the latest bout of dodgy British weather is putting you off getting outside for a run.

Whatever it is, maybe we can help get your running (or cycling!) mojo back. Check out our top tips below and let's see if we can inspire you...

Get kitted out

Just putting your training gear on and lacing up your trainers can help get you in the right frame of mind for a run. Once you’ve gone to the trouble of getting dressed, you will be less inclined to take it off again without having at least gone out for a short run!

Buddy up

One of the key reasons people start running is for the social side of it. Find a local running club or arrange to go running with friends. Not only does this give you new routes to try that you may not have discovered, it gives you a sense of accountability knowing there are people waiting on you to join them.

Track your workouts

Keeping a training log or using a fitness tracker app can keep you focused and is a great way to track your progress. Include notes on how you feel after your run, and after a while looking back at old entries will allow you to see how far you’ve come. 

Find a mantra

Pick a short phrase you can easily remember and repeat to yourself while running, something that can act as your inner motivation when you need it. Pick something that suits you, such as ‘never give up’, ‘one mile at a time’ or ‘deep breaths, quick legs’. You can find plenty more online that will resonate with you.

Run for home

It’s more rewarding mentally to be running towards your home rather than away from it. Ask somebody to drop you off somewhere a few miles away so you can run back - you can’t get out of the run if you need to get home!

Reward yourself

Promise yourself a reward if you complete a run. Or you could keep a mileage jar and put a pound in for every mile you complete, spending the money on a treat once you’ve reached a certain amount. 

Enter an event

Set yourself your next challenge. Whether it’s a 5k or 10k, half or full marathon, or maybe taking on the 26.2 miles dressed as a starfish (!) for your favourite charity – whatever you feel will motivate you. And tell people about it, so you have constant reminders about your goals and you can celebrate your accomplishments.

Finally… cut yourself some slack and have fun!

We’ve all had days when we’ve been caught up with something at work, or got home and are completely wiped out and can’t face getting off the sofa! Don’t beat yourself up about it – waiting an extra day won’t do any harm and you can get back on track the following day, with renewed enthusiasm and energy. 




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