I am so pleased to welcome a bumped edition for the Running Motivation series by Anna fromThe Running Channel. Anna is a runner, pacer, volunteer, and all round lovely person. Anna is also the content Lead for the running channel and has sent me some brand new content about New Year’s resolutions.
What has been your highlight of 2019
It’s so hard to pick a highlight for 2019. It has been the most incredible year and I have been so lucky to have been able to experience so many wonderful things this year. The Running Channel turned 1 year old in October and we had a party to celebrate, which included a live Q&A panel of Jo Pavey, Anna McNuff, Adharanand Finn and Andy Baddeley which I hosted. It was so lovely to see so many of our friends from the running world come together to celebrate what we’ve achieved with the channel in 12 months and I’m so proud of the community that we’ve built in that time.
Not to mention my personal A goal race of the year – Amsterdam Marathon – which I went and bagged myself a 6 min PB.
I truly couldn’t pick one. It’d be like asking me to choose a favourite child. 2019 has been immense.
What are you most looking forward to in 2020
What are your top 3 tips to stay motivated to run
Set A Goal
This is SO important! Having something to aim for gives you the extra bit of ‘oomph’ you might need in the mornings when it’s dark out, in the evenings when it’s raining etc. There were a few times when I was training for Amsterdam Marathon this year that I would question my own sanity when the alarm went off at 5am to get to the gym or go for a run and the answer to the question of ‘why am I doing this?’ was always ‘how much do you want that PB art Amsterdam?’ And it paid off! I find that feeling of achieving what you set out to do is so special and rewarding!
Run With Others!
I am NOT a morning person! I hate peeling myself out of bed, especially in the winter when it’s dark, cold and wet. But when I look at the times I have gone out and run early this winter there is a common theme – it’s always been because I’m going out to run with other people. And usually it’s because I’ve told them I’m going to be there. Having that appointment to be there is so powerful because sometimes you can feel like you can let yourself down, to a point, but when it comes to other people you are far more likely to stick to what you’ve agreed. Plus, who doesn’t love meeting up with your running mates? This is backed up by figures from the 2019 Year In sport report from Strava which found that most runners head out between 6am and 8am on weekdays. Those in groups started even earlier than that, with group runs most frequently starting close to 5am! Those that do meet up with others also manage to run further.
Build Up Slowly!
Yes you might feel fired up and raring to go get your goals at the start of the year, BUT, take it steady! A huge number of people fail with tmotivation because they commit to something ludicrous, get totally disheartened when they fail within the first week or two, and then just stop trying. I know this has happened to me before. There’s no point in you heading out and doing loads and loads of miles to then end up getting injured and sidelined and then having to start from scratch once you’re better. If your goal is for a race, find a training plan and stick to it. If it says rest – REST!