7 Tips for Winter Running Motivation

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It’s cold and dark. I have every intention of going out for a run, but just heading straight home after work and getting my slippers on seems more inviting. So what do I do? I’ve signed up for Reading Half in just three months’ time, and I can barely even get myself out for a 5k. I’m never going to make it 13.1 miles at this rate. Surely I can’t be the only one who’s struggling to find running motivation?

Luckily, the ladies on the TNR Facebook group (Naturally Leah’s run club community) were there to offer up their advice of how to make it out the door for that run rather than continuing to hide under a blanket. Here are the top 7 tips:

1. Make a “Run-Date”

Making plans with friends is a great way to keep accountable, as you feel you’re letting someone else down if you don’t turn up. Plus it’s much more fun to run with other people and have a chat!

Beki Cadd, aka Miss Wheezy

2. Join a Club

I find it much more fun to run with friends from my tri club than on my own. They also do structured training sessions, which push me harder than if I was just running by myself.

Lucy Edwards, aka Lucy Lunges

3. Change Before You Leave Work

Changing into workout clothes before leaving work means you’re more likely to go out for that run. If you’re already in your workout kit you might as well use it!

Mollie Mollington, aka PT Mollie

4. Be Prepared

If morning running lay EVERYTHING you need out perfectly the night before, even an inside out sock has tempted me back into bed before. If you have enough time, put your kit to warm on radiator before. Cut yourself some slack and think 1 mile is always better than no miles! Focus on how good you’ll feel afterwards.

Rhianon West, aka @rhianonruns

5. Run Commute

I always think of how much nicer my journey home will be outside in the fresh air minus a packed, sweaty train full of people and how good I’ll feel after!

Cara Jane

Running to or from work gives your runs extra purpose. Make friends with 5.30am and shrug off the cold and the rain, it’ll be worth it.

Rebecca Bryant, aka the Style Dynamo

6. Sign up for a Challenge

I’m going to do this Advent Running challenge. You run 25 times in December (between 1-25 December) and there are events and giveaways to make it more fun.

Charlotte Thomas, aka Lunges & Lycra

Sign up for a really, really big challenge in the spring like a crazy race across the desert (Becs is doing the Marathon des Sables next year!).

Rebecca Bryant, aka the Style Dynamo

7. Run For Those Who Can’t

My friend lost her little girl last year so I always think of her and it gets me out. Mantras are great for helping you to run, especially if they are personal to you.

Hayley Glenister, aka Simply Hayley

I suggest a program called ‘I Run 4’ or even RODS Racing, running for a cause leaves you less likely to bail.

Mollie Mollington, aka PT Mollie

How do you stay motivated during the winter season? Please tell me I’m not the only one finding it hard to stay on track?!

3 Comments

  1. 17th December 2014 / 11:15 pm

    Great tips! I sometimes struggle with motivation too especially in the winter. As you said, it’s dark and cold. But I ALWAYS feel better afterward!

    • 18th December 2014 / 4:02 am

      Thanks Meg. There’s wisdom in crowds 🙂 You’re so right though – I wish there was a way of reminding you of that awsome feeling you get after a run to help you get out there!

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