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Monday, 10 November 2014

Brr...illiant Motivation

The clocks have turned back, offering up the last few hours of sunlight before we get plunged into darkness. Before you know it, both morning and evening will be swallowed by inky black night. Our bodies will start to slow down and it will seem so much harder to force ourselves outside. And that’s before the cold and wind and rain kicks in! But, because hibernation is apparently socially unacceptable, here are a few ways to motivate yourself to face winter training…

It’s a lot harder to let down a friend than yourself. Make your winter workouts a social appointment and you’ll feel more obliged to turn up. Arrange a session with a friend or find a run club with lots of people that will keep you accountable. And anyway, chatting your way through a sweaty session helps to distract you from any screaming muscles.

Having something to aim for is a sure fire way to get you lacing up despite the cold and with endless races available, you're not short on motivation. But if you fancy something a little less structured, how about a challenge with a difference? Join the Running Bug community and add your miles to their Run to the Moon challenge – that's 238,855 miles in just seven weeks, all in aid of Great Ormond Street hospital. At about half way, there's still plenty of time to get involved!

You can sign up for the Run to the Moon challenge here.

Having regular sessions planned into your week will make it easier to keep active throughout the winter. Once it’s a habit, it will feel normal for you to crawl out of bed on a Monday morning for yoga or do that pitch black run on Wednesday evenings. Make sure there’s still some flexibility built in, though, there’s no need to feel bad if you just don’t feel like running into a freezing head wind.

Running, lifting, cycling, it’s all fun, right? Make sure it stays that way, despite the weather and sign up for something novel. The London Winter Run is perfect, with polar bear hugs, snow domes and even a cozy winter warmer finisher zone to make things ever so slightly less serious.

You can register for the London Winter Run here.

If you’re still finding it hard to get outside, look no further for incredibly inspiring running stories than Like the Wind magazine. Filled with tales of adventure, amazing illustrations and photos, just a page will be enough to get you lacing up.

You can buy Issue 3 of Like the Wind here.

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