Here’s some suggestions for helping your motivation this Winter!
Sign up for an Event
Having an event in the calendar is one of the best ways to keep your motivation high during the winter months. I’ve suggested a few events to tempt you above but I am sure a quick browse on the internet and you will find something to suit you.
My suggestions include a couple of popular local events: 7 Pools 10K in Sutton Park on 20th March, we will be practising parts of the route in our group runs. Cathedral to Castle 10 mile run is very popular with SE Fitness. This year it is early April and I’m proposing some longer runs for our Saturday morning groups in preparation.
For our walkers I’ve found a Peak District walking festival in mid February which looks great and is not too far away.
Also stretching further afield the last three of my suggestions take in Warwick half marathon (a road route in early March) Carsington Water 10K or half marathon (mix of trail around the lake at the end of February) and Dark and White events who offer a range of proper trails runs in the Peak District (people also treat these as walking events).
Hope you might find something there to motivate you or perhaps you’ve already signed up to one of your own? Please comment and let us know your plans! Who knows you might inspire someone else to take part too.
Mix up your Training
Perhaps events are not your thing? Then to add motivation during these months you could look at mixing up your own training. If you normally exercise at night perhaps try an early morning. If you normally run or walk three times a week perhaps swap one of those for a strength training session in the gym, or a swim or a bike ride? Mix your training up a bit can help keep you motivated and also is great for your general fitness. SE Fitness speedwork on Thursdays at 8pm is another way of changing your run. Please don’t avoid SE Fitness hill or speed sessions. I know people drop out of the groups when they find these are scheduled! Please don’t! Mixing up your training adds interest to your runs, help make you fitter and make a change from slipping about in the mud. People enjoy them when they come!
Use the Groups
Running on your own in Winter can be lonely especially on the darker nights. SE Fitness sessions are there to help. It is much easier to get out of the door if you know you will be meeting up with like-minded others for a chat and a few laughs as well as the exercise.
Keep going SE Fitness!