Get yourself on the road to running success this winter with these 7 simple motivation techniques.
Winter is coming... Whether it be at the very start of training or later on, everyone can struggle to motivate themselves as the nights draw closer.
Luckily your good friends at Run For All are on hand to help! These seven simple motivation techniques are bound to give you a spring in your step.
When it comes to running, there’s strength in numbers. A recent England Athletic study found that 90% of runners feel a significant boost after exercising as part of a group - due to increased motivation and new friendships.
Road-running is not the only answer, so mix it up! The unstable surface created by a sandy beach will challenge your foot muscles in new ways. Plus, trail running – taking things off-piste – provides one of the strongest exercise-induced mood boosts out there!
If you’re a pavement purist, that’s fine too. But novelty is the key to longevity. So switch up your routes a couple of times each week to keep things interesting. You can either deliberately get a bit lost and then find your way home as part of your jog, or use an app like Map My Run to discover new options in your area.
To finish your run strong, you need to warm down, cool off and take a shower. The first two are for your body’s sake, the last one is just common courtesy for those around you. Combine all three and make the swimming pool the endpoint of your run. Some light front crawl is a great way to gently reduce that burning lactate build up, while the water cools you off.
Exercise psychologists have proven, in study after study, that having a clear goal to work towards is like having a drill sergeant at your back. You remain motivated. You work harder. You get more from your run. Make your next goal a little loftier: overcoming what you perceive to be a great challenge increases your pain threshold and sense of self worth. Nailed a 5K recently? Try one of Run For All's 10K challenges? Smashed a half? Double-up with our tasty White Rose Double!
We all know a solid workout mixtape can help you ignore exercise pain, run harder and more frequently. But did you know that it can speed up your recovery too? Research in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning discovered that listening to songs at a steady 110 bpm helps your body flush lactate. That means some steady rap music is your new post-run massage - turn up the Snoop Dog boi!
The theory of 'enclothed cognition' suggests that dressing the part motivates you to act it out. Which is why when you buy yourself a perfectly cut gym t-shirt or beautiful new pair of leggings, you'll not only be looking the part, you'll be feeling it too!
Find your run as a perfect motivational goal? There's plenty of exciting events to try out across some of the UK's most stunning cities.