Running Motivation – with Heather (Yogaandrunning)

It is suggested that studies show that most New Years resolutions fail by the 19th January. So I think this is a good time to release another blog in my Running Motivation series to keep people going. Heather is a member of the #brooksrunhappyteam and combines Yoga with Running. Im so pleased to be able to share her motivation with you all.

What has been your highlight of 2019?

Without a doubt my 2019 highlight has to be joining the Brooks Run Happy Team. From the team launch in London to our once-in-a-lifetime trip to Brooks Island in Croatia it’s been the most incredible year. I’ve found a supportive and friendly running family
that I couldn’t ever have imagined being a part of. (Find out more about our #brooksbestfest trip HERE).

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?

Towards the end of last year I’ve suffered with plantar fasciitis so my main aim is to get back to running injury free. I’ve started running the Shropshire Way in stages so I hope to complete that before the end of the year. I’m also planning to complete my
first triathlon – any good beginners event suggestions would be gratefully received.

What are your top 3 tips to stay motivate to run?

Switch up your training to keep things interesting. It could be a new distance, changing between road, trail, cross country or track, exploring a new area or even having a go at a multi-sport event. Variety is the spice of life.

Remember the reason why you run. What got you started in the first place? Do you have a “why”. Focus on that and it should help get you out of the front door.

Motivation always comes in peaks and troughs so don’t beat yourself up about it. Don’t worry about it too much when you’re feeling less motivated. Keep up with smaller amounts of training and know that when the motivation comes back you’ll be ready to tackle
it head on.

My Yoga for Runners challenge

As a yoga teacher I get asked a lot for advice from runners. I thought that I could pull some of that advice together in a fun yoga challenge. I’ve put together poses that are specifically designed to stretch and strengthen key areas of the body that runners
need to focus on. The challenge will run from 20th to 24th January. Each day I’ll post a photo and video explaining the pose and the key benefits to runners. All people have to do to take part is post their version of the pose each day
using the hashtag #yoga4runnerschallenge and they’ll be in with a chance to win one of five amazing prizes.

Some great advice from Heather. Mix up your training, remember why you are running, and don’t worry when you are struggling, we all have our downs. Make sure you check out Heather’s Yoga moves this week. I know this is something I should try more of, and will see if I can manage any of the moves myself.

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