The temperature has dropped, and with it, so has your motivation. Cold and dark days can make compelling reasons to hit the snooze button in the morning or spend an evening rugged up on the couch. But before you relegate your runners to the back of the wardrobe, follow our five tips on how to get motivated to start training for the upcoming running festivals.
1. Remind yourself of your goal
You've got a big event coming up and you want to feel fit in your outfit. Perhaps you're trying to improve your pace, mileage or overall fitness. Or maybe you want to get beach ready ahead of summer. Whatever your reason to run, try and keep front of mind why you started in the first place. Hot tip: Write your goal onto a piece of A4 paper and hang on the wall opposite your bed. That way, when you open your eyes in the morning, you'll immediately be reminded of your goal to get out of bed.
2. Register for a race
Motivation comes in many forms, but a looming deadline might just be the strongest of all. Signing up for a running event, such as City2Surf and Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, will give you something to look forward to. Building your cheer squad through your family, friends and colleagues, can give you the encouragement and accountability you need to lace up. Blackmores Sydney Running Festival in September has a running event to suit all levels, which will see you travel over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and finish at the Sydney Opera House.
Plan ahead and stay at Vibe Hotel North Sydney and walk down to the Milson’s Point start line on the day. Better yet, take a sneaky break and make portaloos a thing of your past, by booking into a hotel on the race route such as Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay. NRMA Blue Members receive 10 percent off their stay, free wifi and 15 percent off drink and dine. If you’re a local, avoid wasting warm up time searching for a park; search your nearest and cheapest fuel and car parking with NRMA Blue.
3. Take on the treadmill
But it’s so dark and cold outside, you say? Give yourself warming alternative to the outdoors and get on the rubber track at your local gym. Make it less monotonous by taking your smartphone and catching up on your favourite show, or listening to music on Spotify, for which NRMA Blue Members receive a 60-day free premium trial.
4. Recruit a running partner
They say misery loves company, and the guilt of leaving your running partner and soon to be ex-best friend standing outside in the cold and dark waiting for you while you hit the snooze button a second time will be incentive enough to throw off the doona and see you racing out the door.
5. Prepare your clothing and workout bag the night before
Have everything ready to go so you don't spend the morning bleary eyed, searching for a lone runner or your windbreaker. And, if all else fails…
Bonus: Wear your running clothes to bed
Desperate times call for desperate measures. You're already dressed - that's half the battle already won. Just make sure you keep your runners at the door.