How to stay positive and powered up for your training
Everyone has days when they just don’t feel like running – when the sofa, or the pub, seem more tempting – but if you’re preparing for a marathon, you need to find ways to stay on track. The next time you’re struggling to get out the door, follow these top tips for running motivation.
1. Set small goals
Whether it’s running a bit further or faster than last time, or reaching a certain point in your route without walking, having a target in mind for each run will give your training a sense of purpose – and hitting that goal will give you an even greater sense of accomplishment.
2. Run with friends
The social side of running is a key reason why many people start the sport and carry on doing it. By joining and running with members of a local running club, or running with friends or colleagues, your sessions can feel both easier and more enjoyable.
3. Track your progress
Completing a training log, or recording your runs online, can really help you stay motivated and accountable as you work towards your marathon goal. By looking back at previous entries, you’ll remind yourself how far you've come, which is sure to encourage you to keep giving your best during training.
4. Remember the health benefits
Running is good for you! Whether you’re looking to improve your fitness or achieve a personal best, running gives back what you put in. It’s also an excellent stress-buster thanks to the feel-good endorphins you produce during exercise.
5. Do it for a good cause
If you’re not already fundraising for charity, then signing up to run for a good cause will give you a huge motivation boost. The money you raise could make a huge difference – and this thought should help you to keep going if you’re feeling low.