Habits to Keep you Motivated Whilst Running Part 3
Get a Long Run in
I can imagine if you’re struggling to find motivation when running then the idea of running for even longer seems downright ridiculous, but hear me out. By heading out there for just one long run a week you will quickly notice the difference in your stamina and endurance that will in turn make those runs feel much easier. If you’re just starting out or find it difficult to run too far then focus first on getting in 3 to 4 runs a week, you’ll soon notice an improvement. Once you feel comfortable, build up to adding a one hour run in there too. The best way to do this is to designate a single day of the week as your ‘long run day’, don’t go straight in with a full hour run if you don’t feel capable though, build up to it. Start by adding on an extra 15 to 20 minutes onto your run, perhaps even try walking it if you’re struggling. As you find yourself becoming more capable keep adding time on in increments of about ten percent. This also provides you with a new goal which is as we know another great way to motivate one’s self.
There is no better motivation for me than knowing sleep lies at the end of a chore, I’m sure many of you would agree. Sleeping is incredibly important, and you need to make sure you’re getting enough of it. If you’re struggling to remain motivated and focused, then you want to look to your bed. A lack of sleep is a dangerous thing, if you aren’t getting enough then it’s not just your alertness that will be affected, a lack of sleep has been proven to increase your risk of moodiness, weight gain, injury and has even been linked to illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Whilst asleep your body is able to recharge; it repairs the damage done to you throughout the day (specifically whilst you were training) and releases growth hormones that build up your muscles and strengthen the bonds between your muscles and nerves. An average adult usually requires between 6 and 9 hours of sleep a night so make sure you’re getting somewhere in that catchment but remember everyone is different. If you find that you zonk out as soon as your head hits the pillow, you’ll probably find that you aren’t getting enough.
The Most Important Meal of the Day
You all know the adage and we say it for a reason. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day; it starts your engine after the night’s depletion of energy, so make sure to eat a good one. It is vital that you restore this energy, your body can only store around 6 or 7 hours’ worth of glycogen, so when you wake up odds are it’s all gone by the time you wake up. The morning meal will allow you replenish these resources and set you up for the day nicely, keeping you energised and more importantly motivated.