When entering a new regime of training or introducing something new to your regular routine it can be hard to stay motivated. If you’ve set yourself goals or if you’ve entered a race it’s important that you stay on track and keep yourself focused. Explore these tips to make sure you keep your motivation remains intact.
Set Yourself Mini Goals & Targets
While you already have the obstacle race to prepare for, if you find your motivation wavering then setting yourself mini-goals in the lead up can keep you going, whether it be increase your 5k run time, master 10 pushups, or working on a fear of heights, mini goals can give you reason to remain focused in your training.
Join a Group/Club…
Struggling to find motivation to go out and run? Looking for a local running group can give your training the boost it needs. They will meet at set, specific times during the week so you know when you’ll be training and you’ll most likely take part in training sessions that you would have not performed otherwise, this variation can bring back your love for the run!
…or Find a Training Partner
Even if you don’t fancy training with a whole group, finding yourself a kindred spirit and setting times to meet & train can keep you both on track. You’ll be less likely to let each other down by skipping sessions and can push each other along during tougher times. Not to mention that a bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone!
Buy a New Piece of Kit (Then Use It)
Everybody loves getting a new pair of running shoes or a new top to wear in the gym, so if your motivation is feeling a bit low then getting yourself something new and flashy eg. a GPS watch will have you itching to get out there and put it to use!
Change Your Diet
If you feel like you’re in a training lull, try playing around with your food intake to see how it affects your energy levels. You don’t need to make drastic changes, try small swaps eg a piece of fruit in the afternoon, a glass of water in the morning, an extra portion of veg rather than bread with lunch etc. Making small, sustainable changes like this can lead to big results in the long term.
Vary Your Training
If you feel like you’ve been focused on the running – get yourself in the gym. If you feel like you’ve been hitting the weights a lot recently then get out and run! There is nothing worse than when a training plan gets a bit stale, so mixing up what you’re doing will always keep it fresh. If you’ve been tackling a lot of long, steady runs then try adding in a few short intervals eg. 4 x 400m with a minute rest. Not only will the sessions be over quickly because you’ve run faster but the benefits you’ll see will be huge!
Written by me: Keith Fairburn
Personal Trainer, Sports Therapist, S&C Coach.
Ninja Warrior Semi-Finalist, Obstacle Racer, Salming Running Ambassador.
If you have any questions about anything I’ve written in this post or want to get in touch, contact me.