Keep going

running, winter, training

running, winter, training

Keep going, the perfect day is today

Conditions are rarely perfect. In July it’s too humid, hot and air quality can be poor. In the spring it often rains, in the fall you never know what you’re going to get.

And now as winter approaches we get to deal with snow, ice and the ever-present cold.

While it may be difficult to stay motivated during these dark and cold months it is essential to maintain your base miles. In the spring these base miles will pay off with a higher level of fitness which will make it easier for you to kick it in for spring training

Who wants to start all over again when the weather turns favorable? Think of those difficult runs the last time you came back from a running vacation. Not fun were they? This happened to me two years ago and it won’t happen again.

The most difficult part

When motivation is lacking, the most difficult thing to do is put your gear on and step out side the door. Here are a few tips to get over the resistance to run:

  • Keep your gear washed and ready to go
  • Keep your running shoes near the door
  • If possible, keep your running gear stocked at work
  • Tell yourself you are only going out for a mile
  • Start a running streak and see how long you can maintain it
  • Start a mile a day challenge with your friends
  • Peer pressure IS a wonderful thing!
  • Even a mile a day will keep you going

You can do this. A little preparation and a few lies to your self are all that is required.

Why wait?

Run well my friends!

Andy

Author: OmniRunner

9X Boston Marathon finisher, 17X marathons total. Sharing my love for running and the fun adventures and lessons that come with it. Helping non-profits increase fundraising and new runners celebrate their First 5K.

2 thoughts on “Keep going”

  1. That is the biggest thing – just getting out the door and far enough away from home that it is a hassle to go home, so you might as well continue 🙂

    For me in Western NY this last week has been near perfect for winter. Today was the third straight mid-30s run (at 4:30AM), which is absolutely fantastic this time of year. So I try to soak it up before the sub-zero wind chills and temps return!

    1. The bad weather is on the way!

      You just have to lie to yourself that it’s only a 1-mile run and you’ll be in a hot shower in no time. Then, like you say, once your far enough away from home suprise! We’re going for a 10 mile run.
      90% of running is half mental. 😉

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