Staying Motivated

It's cold, it's dark, there are always mince pies floating around...It's difficult to stay motivated at this time of the year. I'd much rather be in front of the fire in my cosy dressing gown watching Elf than doing interval drills in the rain. Here are a few things I've found that help keep me motivated.


1. Have goals
My first race for 2016 is at the end of February and the next is April. That means winter training is essential whether I like it or not. The thought of not being able to get around the course, of being overtaken, the shame of telling my friends a poor race time- whatever gets you up and out. Think of that!

2. Get kitted
There's nothing like new kit to motivate me any time of the year. Having some specific winter kit to keep you warm/cool will make such a difference as you won't feel as cold and will be more wiling to get out. Anything high-vis or reflective will be great for evening runs and gloves, buffs/neck warmers will keep you cosy and warm.

3. The gym
Whilst I don't like running on the treadmill, I can't argue against the benefits of working out inside. Some times it is just miserable outside and no amount of kit or motivation can help. There's nothing wrong with mixing up training and heading to the gym. Cross-training and weights can massively improve performance.

4. Group runs
Running with other people is a time old trick. Even if you're like me and can't talk much while you run, it always helps to have a few happy (or equally struggling!) faces with you. Knowing that you have people to meet will make sure you make those early morning runs and stop you from hitting the snooze button.

5. Summer bodies are made in the winter!
...........*backs away from the mince pies*. Just kidding, I already ate the lot.

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