How does someone fall back in love with running? After managing to complete the Great Manchester Run last year I’ve set myself the target of running a Half Marathon at some point this year.
Unless you’re already a fitness buff, it’s difficult to run for a prolonged period of time. Especially when starting out or returning to training after a long break. It can be challenging to find the motivation to go in the first instance and also difficult to keep going and push for that extra one kilometre.
I’ve just started to fall back in love with running. It’s not been an easy feat but there have definitely been some key motivators to helping this love affair start again.
Listening to music is relaxing at the best of times, it can change your mood in a matter of minutes; from happy to sad or from angry to calm.
Imagine this; halfway through a run, feeling relatively de-motivated, tired and ready to give up but then a really upbeat song pops on; instantly you become energised and motivated to carry on.
I’ve made multiple playlists on Spotify; I listen to them depending on the distance I plan on running. The 10k playlist has ‘Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name of’ around the 6th kilometre to remind my feet ‘Fuck you; I won’t do what you tell me’.
Location, Location, Location
I always find road running boring especially living in a northern market town. There’s not a great deal to look at (other than 3 bed semi-detached red bricked houses). So for me finding the perfect location can help take the mind of the task at hand.
Running alongside the canal or through the woodlands really helps you get away from the mundane office and never ending motorway tarmac. It’s ever changing landscape keeps you on your toes (pun fully intended).
Set those goals and smash those targets
It’s easy to run and get bored, like setting off with no destination, just a nice big circle around the local neighbourhood but I always find that when giving a final destination (not like the film) you have a more definitive motive for setting out on the run in the first place.
The further you run, the further you have to run back is mind set to have.
The main motivator, the king of keep-going. YOU WILL NEVER REGRET AFTER YOU’VE FINISHED A RUN. No matter how tired you get half way round or towards the end, you will 10000% never get back from a run and think ‘I wish I hadn’t done that’.
If you keep at least two of those in mind whilst starting out, you are on for a winner and hopefully running will be an enjoyable part of your day/week/month (or even your year).
Has anyone else got any tips? I’d love to hear them!