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Tips on how to stay motivated in winter.

The winter months can be some of the hardest to stay motivated for running. The dark nights, the horrible weather in England and the frequent social opportunities in the lead up to Christmas, are not always conducive 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, and my Instagram Page)

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. So stay motivated and just do it.

I loved a comment from Katherine Thompson on the RMR page that said, “Put your running gear on before you open the curtains. 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 always 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.

Staying motivated tip about layers.

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 the kit in the airing cupboard the night before”  Who wouldn’t want to put on warm kit in the morning?!

Rularuns running the Brighton Half

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 is 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 people 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. You can also share your location on your Garmin watch.

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 bath 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!

My Tea For MND

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, the more you want to run! It will keep you motivated to want to go again.

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.

Planning to make it to Parkrun is a great idea as suggested on Instagram. It’s free, it’s fun and there are always lots of people to run with.

10. The More the Merrier

This was by far the most popular tip suggested to keep yourself motivated. I have written about it 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 yourself motivated through the winter? Post below and let us all know.