Everyone has days when they just don’t feel like running – days when the sofa, or the pub, seem much 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 of the door, follow these top tips.
1. Set small goals
Having a target in mind for each run, even if it’s just to complete it without walking, will give you a sense of accomplishment. Whether it’s running a bit further or faster than last time, or just reaching a certain point, hitting a goal on every run will help to stay motivated as you work towards a bigger goal, such as finishing your first marathon.
2. Run with friends
The social side of running is one of the most common reasons people start and carry on doing it. Finding a local running club or gathering some friends or colleagues to run with you can make every session both easier and more enjoyable.
3. Keep track of your progress
Completing a training log, or recording your runs online, can really help to motivate you. By looking back at previous entries, you’ll remind yourself how far you have come, which is sure to encourage you to keep challenging yourself to give your best.
4. Remember the health benefits
Running is good for you! Whether you’re looking to lose weight or improve your fitness, running gives back what you put into it. It’s also a great stress-buster thanks to the feel-good endorphins you produce during exercise.
5. Do it for a good cause
If you’re not already raising money for a charity then signing up to fundraise will give you a huge motivation boost. Knowing that you’ll be providing funds to help a good cause should keep you going if you’re feeling low.