Need some motivation to run?

Someone asked me today for a chat to get some motivation to get out running.

Running is the one thing I’ve found that makes me feel great, gives me freedom and makes me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. If you’ve run before, there’s no reason it can’t be the same for you.

(If you’re a beginner, try walking first 3-5 times a week for 8 weeks, or check out this plan 0 to 5k to 10k Plan or join a beginners running network like the Glasgow Running Network).

It’s hard to start running sometimes, it can be hard work doing it, and it can be hard to fit it in. But these 10 tips might help:

Here are some ways you can get running into your life:

1. Get a goal – to do a walk run plan, to run 5k in 5 weeks, run 10k in 10 weeks, run a half marathon etc.

2. Consider entering an event (or a few for 2015) – 5k, 10k, half marathon?

I just entered the Balloch to Clydebank half marathon on 8th Marchwhich is a good event which is in 8-9 weeks time – see my training plan below for an example of how you could train for it.

3. Get a plan – a simple 3 times a week running plan – like these:

0 to 5k to 10k Plan 8wk 10k Plan 13wk HM Plan My 2015 Training Plan

4. Set aside time – fit running into your life, make appointments for your run time – 3 days a week.

4. Buy a copy of Runnersworld, or even better, sign up to a subscription, there’s lots of tis, advice and interesting stories to motivate in there.

5. Get social – go for a run a week (or more) with a friend (or more than 1 friend).

6. Make running important – write down reasons you want to run – pros and cons, Feel good? Fitness? Health? Feeling refreshed after a run in the rain… Stress buster?

7. Get the gear – need new trainers? Treat yourself to a new pair. Will a new Garmin motivate you?

8. Learn how to run easy – don’t think slowor fast, think easy or hard – run the majority of your runs easy (who wants to make runs hard? (fast).

9. Consider Heart Rate training to keep runs easy (Read the book: Slow Burn by Stu Mittleman)

10. Remember your cape (which will help!).

Ok, there were two number 4s in that list, making it 11 tips, but hopefully they’ll help of you’re stuck struggling to get back into running. 🙂

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