How to stay motivated without a race in sight | Women's Running

How to stay motivated without a race in sight

Read Time:   |  April 24, 2021

Your key race has been cancelled, but don’t despair, we can help you keep focused to maintain your fitness

Training for a race is easy, the fear of failure and the solid target, help motivate you to pull on your trainers and get out of the door, when perhaps you might not want to. The current situation with events being cancelled is making it hard for some, but fear not, Dr Garry Palmer of Sportstest has got some great tips to help keep you focused:

  1. Change your aim:
    Think fitness, rather than event! What can you improve over the next X weeks? For example: Consider using 12 weeks to improve your endurance; 6 weeks to focus on running cadence; 4 weeks to do some speed-work; 16 weeks to improve cardio. You can control these goals. They are down to you and your physiology, so work to improve them. Ultimately, they build to a bigger picture when it come to achieving a race goal. Or, you could try running to heart rate (we use this lots at Sportstest to help people achieve massive improvements in performance), look to understand the benefits of running easy and when to push hard, and feel a value to each session.

  2. Review, plan and diarise:
    At the end of each week review what you have achieved, set specific sessions for each coming training day and diarise a specific time to do them, this will help you keep to an objective and give focus. Do your best to stick to the planned sessions at the specified time each day (think of them like an important meeting that cannot be missed).

3. Train with others:
But not in the way you think! What about doing a treadmill run whilst on a zoom call with a regular running buddy? Challenge your training group to see who can hit certain goals within a time period and share achievements on social media. Even set up some teams for virtual relays. Be a positive influence on others, and they will help support you too.

4. Try something new:
They say a change is as good as a rest. Do something different. Take an online boot-camp; try some yoga; get on your bike? Using a different mode of exercise may add value to your running in many different ways. Use this period as an opportunity to explore different forms of activity.

5. Be an early bird:
Get training done early, that way you can’t be put off by distractions. It feels great to get out early and have the smug sensation that your training for the day is done before most are even up!

6. Get a coach:
Being accountable to an experience coach and having them give you guidance specific to your particular needs (work, family, fitness) may seem like a big investment, but will really help you keep on task, and your running will improve massively.

Now get your shoes on and get running! Good luck!

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Currently training for her second half marathon

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