We all know that we should be training, but sometimes it can be hard to find the time or the motivation. If you’ve found yourself in a rut here are three easy ways to help you get back out there and reaching your goals.
Many of us couldn’t wait to get out there and train post-lockdown, then suddenly autumn hit and we’re busier than ever. Whether you’ve been preparing for the kids going back to school or just coping with returning to semi-normal life it can leave us feeling unmotivated.
3 Tips to Get Motivated to Train:
Get enough sleep
Making sure we get enough quality sleep is essential for us to keep motivation high. Sleep deprivation leaves you tired and sluggish – it won’t leave you feeling inspired about those goals you want to achieve.
Your body may not be able to function well enough or you simply won’t be in the mood to get out and train. When you’ve not had enough sleep and the weather gets colder we know that curling up on the sofa can sound very appealing.
Set yourself an ‘improvement goal’
Upcoming events are still hanging in the balance and looking at race lists, most are cancelled. So without this, how can you find the motivation to train? Try focusing on ONE thing that you need to improve. Whether it’s improving your technique, time or flexibility.
If it’s your flexibility – try taking photographs of your downward dog at the beginning and end of the month to see the transformation. You can also do the same thing when it comes to working on your technique, video yourself at the start and the end of the month to see how far you’ve progressed.
Try to get into a routine, if possible run in the morning – before you have the chance to change your mind.
If you head out for a run in the morning there’s no pressure to run in the evening since you’ve already clocked up your miles for the day. Studies show that runners who run early in the day are more consistent with their running than those who do it later on.
Another great way to keep motivated is to plan your workouts using Trainer Road, they use science-based planning, training and analysis tools to increase your performance.
Alternatively, have a set number of running routes in your mind – the hilly one, the flat tempo one or the long lovely one already in your head so you don’t have an excuse to stop.
Do you want to get fitter and faster and keep motivated with the support of the GRTW community?
Join us this October for our 30 Day Race Shape Challenge. The online programme includes 30 days of workouts, including tempo and interval work, Run Smooth sessions aimed at improving your technique, yoga and bodyweight workouts. It’s also accompanied by our Race Shape eating plan.
In May, 1,800 women took part and 85% achieved a PB. Why not start on October 1st to get ready for parkrun at the end of October and test your PB.