I smiled a little to myself as I wrote the title of this post, as I have found my running has been a little sporadic of late. Luckily, this hasn’t all been down to motivation, but I have found that the less I have been able to run, the harder I found it to motivate myself; and that is not just related to running!
So here are some of my top tips, (and that of the Run Mummy Run community; I decided to ask the question on their Facebook page too)
1. As the Nike Brand Say ‘Just do it!’
Getting out of the house can be the hardest part, but you never regret a run once it is over. I loved a comment from Katherine Thompson on the RMR page that said, “Put your running gear on before you open the curtain. If it’s raining, it’s all to easy to stay in your PJ’s, but if you are already in your kit you might as well get out there.”
2. Wear the correct clothing
I think the most common tip as to what to wear, was layer up. Thin layers keep you warm, but you can alway remove layers if you get too hot. I love the long sleeve running tops from Tribe Sport. They are lightweight, warm and long. My new base layer from Run Mummy Run is a big hit too. But I have to agree with Samantha Kedwards from RMR who suggested wearing a buff. “Wear a buff around your neck. If it is extra cold, it can be pulled up over your mouth. It can also be used as a hairband/headband and hand warmers.” I also loved the tip from Stephanie Pharo-Hanson, who suggested “putting kit in the airing cupboard the night before” Who wouldn’t want to put on warm kit in the morning!
3. Be seen, be safe
As the nights are darker, it is vital to be seen. Wearing Hi-Viz clothes, even in the daytime, and reflective clothing are a must. There are some great running torches around too. I love the body torch from decathlon, and it wasn’t too expensive either.
4. Use a treadmill
I can’t believe I am actually writing this, as only a few years ago, I would be referring to it as the ‘DREADMILL’. But two years ago, when I moved to a new location, hadn’t joined a running club, and was training for the London Marathon, the treadmill saved me! I didn’t know the area, when I did go and explore, I found that there were very limited streetlights. So I turned to the treadmill. I didn’t love it, and training was hard, but I was still able to run consistently. So, if needs must, they aren’t too bad!
5. Tell where you are going
I was so glad that I opened this question out to the running community, as I didn’t even know apps such as Glympse and Road ID existed. It’s good telling people where you are going, but what if you are tired and change the route. These apps allow people to follow you, so if you were to get in to trouble, they have more chance to find you.
6. Look forward to a hot bath and a cup of tea
This suggestion can up more than once, and I love it. Thinking about a hot baths and a nice cuppa would certainly make me keep my speed up! this might not be for everyone, but have a little treat waiting for you as a reward. A few years ago, all my long runs for the marathon used to finish at the gym, where I would meet my husband and daughter for breakfast. I used to look forward to my cooked breakfast from about the half way point!
7. Be consistent
As I’ve already said above, getting out of the house can be the hardest part, but once you are out it’s fine (once it is over, it’s great!) So, have your set days to run. It doesn’t have to be far, but just get out. It is true that the more you run, more you want to run!
8. Mix it up
Try something different. Can you run commute? Could you run home after the school run? Could you change your dog walk to a run? Think about how you can fit in your runs and some of these may help you run in the light too.
9. Schedule it
It’s in the diary so you have to do it! Also, when all the other plans start to be made; Christmas drinks with friends, coffee and mince pies, school plays etc they will fit around your ‘run time’ or your ‘run-time’ will fit around those plans.
10. The More the Merrier
This was by far the most popular tip suggested, and one I have written about before (Click here to read), but find people to run with or join a running club/group. It will make runs feel more safe, fun and you are less likely to miss them if you know that you are going to see friends.
What top tips do you use to keep you active through the winter? Post below and let us all know.