April 2020

Motivation for the unmotivated

There’s no two ways about it, it’s hard out there. With races, parkruns and group runs cancelled for the foreseeable it can be hard to keep the momentum going.

Here’s some things that I’ve learnt over the past few weeks’ lockdown to help you keep showing up during this uncertain time.

  • Set yourself a goal – maybe it’s to reach a certain number of miles per week or to hit a distance/time PB.
  • Find a training plan – whether a smaller distance goal such as a 5k or 10k or a base-building plan, a plan will provide you with structure and accountability.
  • Arrange a virtual run with friends – same time, same distance but different routes, check-in with each other afterwards to see how you’ve got on.
  • Cross-training – try something new. There’s plenty of online exercise classes popping up so use any spare time you have to step outside of your comfort zone (be careful and know your limits – not having someone to guide you through exercises can sometimes have the opposite effect and you don’t want to injure yourself).
  • Virtual events – there are plenty of virtual runs out there to give you a goal to work towards. One of my favourites – Miles for Mind by Runr starts in May. Choose your goal distance and get out there and smash it.
  • Structure – pre-work, runch or post-work, find what works for you and stick to it.
  • Plan your routes – know where you’re going so you don’t have to make it up.
  • Rediscover your love – revisit your love for running, go back-to-basics and remember why you started – forget rime, forget pace keep it real.
  • Put on your favourite race shirt – a race that holds the best memories? The one where you smashed your PB? Put your t-shirt on with pride and relive the memories on your run.
  • Read a memoir – if nothing else it’s something else to during the lockdown. Get inspiration from those who have achieved their impossible. Read my review of some books about running here.

Remember, it’s a difficult time for everybody and if you don’t want to do something or want to spend all day in your PJ’s then that’s ok too.

Please make sure you follow your government’s advice in relation to exercise and being outdoors during the lockdown period.

Stay home, stay safe.

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