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Thousands of Sports Tours runners have leaned on our indefatigable rep Joe Reed for energy and encouragement at events across Europe. That’s why we asked our very own Mr Motivator for his advice on how to survive and keep up training throughout the cold and wet months.
I’ve always found it hard to stay motivated during the colder months due to the bad weather and lack of sunlight. That’s why I decided to change a bleak outlook by adopting a more positive mindset during training. These are my top five tips to stay motivated:
Whether you decide to set yourself the goal of running a 5k or a marathon, having an objective in mind is the ultimate way to ensure that you find the motivation to brave the weather. Knowing that you’ve got a race coming up will push you to train harder. There’s nothing worse than showing up to an event unprepared.
Joining a local running or tri club is the best way to find like-minded people who can motivate you to achieve your goals. Running as part of a group is also more enjoyable and an efficient way to train. My club meet up multiple times a week in order to practice different skillsets such as speedwork and endurance.
Sometimes looking good is the key to feeling good! Physical confidence can positively impact your mindset. I’ve always found that adding a new piece of activewear to my wardrobe is a source of motivation, lifting my self-esteem and performance.
If you find the thought of braving the cold too daunting, there are alternative ways to train. Find shelter from the cold by joining a local gym in order to remain focused on your exercise goals. I found that participating in CrossFit classes helped to compliment my training. CrossFit training combines a range of varied exercises including weightlifting and cardio based movements.
A Half Marathon is the perfect goal to set yourself. It requires dedication and can also act as a taster if you’re thinking of taking on a full marathon in the future. I can strongly recommend the Paris Half Marathon, the Generali Berlin Half Marathon and the NYC Half Marathon. Having ran all three of these brilliant races, trust me when I say that they’re not to be missed.
My running goals for 2022 are to finish my first full Ironman and to participate in the Marine Corps Marathon in October. What are yours?
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