Staying Motivated During Autumn – Winter

Im sure you are all aware that the weather has got a lot colder as we have hit November and it can be really hard to stay motivated and on track with your running training. 

For me, there are a few things that can be really helpful to keep me focused and not sidetracked from my training. I thought it would be a great time for me share these with you:

Set a Target

Having a target to achieve keeps me on track, for example this month I am aiming to run 50 miles and your target doesn’t need to be a distance, it can be to run twice a week or run for 30 minutes a week. I also find that telling someone about this target really helps me stick to it. If someone knows you can’t skip out on it and not complete it. 

Booking a race/event just in the new year is another great goal. If I have paid money for something I really want to make sure I achieve it and do it well. 

Get organised

This one for me is the simplest way for me to stay motivated, if I don’t have things ready I find it really easy to make excuses to not train. 

So, if i am running in the morning before work, I need to make sure my running clothes are washed, dried and out ready for me when my alarm goes off. I need my clothes for work to be ready for when I am back and showered.

I also need to make sure my food is ready – I often run without eating so I like to have a protein shake as soon as i am back and then some oats when I get to work at around 9-10am. This food prep also includes my lunch and snacks. 

If all this is ready for me when I wake up, it makes it so much easier and smoother to wake up, run, and get ready for work. I only have an hour and a half to get up and out so it makes a big difference. 

Don’t Snooze

Hitting snooze is possible the worst thing for me, I actually hate to do it. I like to get up the second my alarm has woken me. 

Doing this means I don’t think about staying in bed and not getting up and going for a run in the cold and dark. 

AAptiv have already created a really cool graphic with some tips from their trainers to help us survive running in the colder weather – they have also shared a code to get a special 30- day trial – TURKEY30 – Enjoy! 🙂 

50MilesIn30Days – Week 2

We have actually been taking part in this challenge for 2 weeks!! How quick has that gone? 

Although the challenge is to run every day and complete 50 miles in the 30 days of November, I have to confess…. We have missed two runs this week! 🙈

I have actually had a headache/migraine for a full week now! So on Thursday last week and yesterday we didn’t run. However, we went to the gym and ran 5km on Friday to make up for it, and we will go tomorrow night for another 5km to make up for yesterday. I still think I would like to run another three days in December to make sure we run the 30 days too. 

So this week has been a little bit tougher, but purely because of my silly headache. Nothing seems to help this time. I have tried meditating, listening to my headache music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28J1PMlY8fI) yoga, litres of water and I even took pain killers! Nothing has helped which has made motivation to go out running a little tougher. 

The really weird thing with my headache is that when I go for a run, it helps but only for the time that I am running. 

Other than the head, running this week has felt really good – we did have a tough run at the gym on Sunday but that was because we had only had a sausage sandwich and a cup of tea before hand. 🙊 

I have tried to make sure I stretch after a run and get a protein shake in to make sure my legs are good for the next day – and I think it has actually worked! 👍🏻

How has week two been for you? It isn’t too late to join in if you haven’t already – Simply run 2.5km every day for the rest of November and use the #ConnectThruSweat on Insta! 

Running Challenge – Week 1

We are 7 days into the 30 day running challenge and I have to admit I am loving it! 

I love to run, but I always find an excuse not to. I don’t want to get out of bed, I don’t have time, its too cold, its so dark. You know the ones! 

As this challenge is asking me to run everyday I am really enjoying that fact. I have missed 1 day so far due to a work event. We have to be onsite for 6AM and didn’t get home until 8PM. We were so tired we really couldn’t face going out for a run. We did manage to get in a 5km run the next day though, so we made up for it. 🙂 

We have been doing a mixture or early morning runs and evening runs in the gym. We seem to be getting quicker too – which is never a bad thing! 

Are you taking part in the #50milesin30days challenge/ I would love to hear how your first week has gone!

November Running Challenge

I love to set myself fitness challenges so when I saw the #ConntectThruSweat challenge to run 50 miles in 30 days during November I was really excited and really wanted to take part. 

The idea behind the challenge is to run every day for at least 2.5km either outside or on the treadmill. 

I love running in the morning, but with the weather getting colder and the mornings being so dark I think I will be doing a mixture of road runs in the mornings and treadmill runs in the evening. The gym we go to doesn’t open early enough to get a run in and get ready for work in time. 

I have one work event on a Saturday in which I think I will struggle to run, but if so I will make sure I run 5km after to make up for it. 

Who else is up for this running challenge? 

Book-it List

Book list

I love to read, I don’t always have time to read a lot but I have a book on the go at all times. 

I have started to listen to audiobooks on my journey to work, just to make that time a little bit more productive. I feel like I am waiting time while I am in the car, even though I really can’t do a lot else whilst driving. 

So I am often looking to see what else I can listen to. I have started to create a wishlist of books that I want to read/listen to that will help me with my fitness, training and nutrition. Here are the books that I have on their so far:

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life
  • The WOW Book: 52 Ways to Motivate Your Mind, Inspire Your Soul & Create WOW in Your Life!
  • Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done – Today! 
  • Secrets of Yoga
  • The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
  • How Not To Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease

Have you read a really good book recently? Please share your recommendations with me!