3 top tips to stay motivated with running

Updated: 28 Feb 2019

Running has become increasingly popular in recent years, and events like the Great North Run and the London Marathon inspire thousands of people to don those trainers and head out for a jog.  How many of us buy new trainers with great intentions of using them often, but don’t get any further than a couple of outings?  There are a few common reasons for this, and a few simple solutions to ensure you don’t fall into ‘has-been’ rather than ‘runner-bean’ trap.

Reason #1 – ‘Running is too hard’

Most of us remember running from school, doing sprints along a marked track, trying desperately to out-run our peers.  When we go to run again we’ve lost all concept of distance, and so bolt off at an unsustainable pace.  A few moments later, we are leaning against a lamppost at the end of the road, gasping for air.

Tip #1 – Slow down!

If you’re struggling to speak, you’re probably going too fast, so slow yourself down.  Be kind to yourself, this is a new skill – allow yourself to be a beginner! Try using a timer app like Couch to 5K, which will guide you through those tricky first runs. 

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Reason #2 – ‘I get bored’

Running on your own when you start out can be a boring business! Listening to your own breathing and footsteps hitting the pavement isn’t exactly entertaining, and minutes can feel like days!

Tip #2 – Get Social!

Enlist a friend to go out for a run with, or join a fun running group like RunTogether. The added commitment of meeting at an agreed time will motivate you to get out the door, and you can catch up on the way round.

Reason #3 – ‘I lose motivation’

Like all good New Years’ resolutions, we make a plan to exercise more, or run regularly, but then life, kids, work, the weather and such can get in the way.  We miss a run or two and find it increasingly hard to get back into it.

Tip #3 – Set a goal!

Sign up for an event! Light the Night 5k run is perfect! It will help you to focus your training on an achievable goal, and you’ll have something fun to look forward to.

Sign up for the Light the Night Bicester 5k now and stay motivated with your running!