Summer running is certainly appealing once those lighter nights arrive and terrain becomes dryer underfoot. Yet hotter days and holiday plans bring fresh tests for runners.
At some stage, your current running route may stop feeling rewarding. Perhaps you’re ready to face a more challenging distance. Maybe you’d like to mix up the terrain. Or maybe you just want a change of scenery. If any of these feelings sound familiar, the time has come to plan a new running route.
So you want to run your first marathon? Even for frequent runners, tackling 26.2 miles is likely to be a big step up in terms of distance, endurance and training intensity.
Andy Williams may have crooned, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But winter brings new running challenges. The nights draw in sooner, the temperature drops and conditions change underfoot – all of which present hazards for runners.
When the weather outside is frightful, the idea of a run may seem less delightful. Yet, winter doesn’t have to dampen your spirits.
Finding the motivation to lace up and get out is one thing. But what if your enthusiasm fades mid-run?
How can you find the momentum to finish what you started? Where do you find the energy to reach the finish line? How do you summon the grit to push on?
How many times have you planned a run, only to put it off for another day? Perhaps work stole your mojo? Maybe chores drained your get-up-and-go? Well, you don’t have to put your running dreams on hold.
Follow these seven tips to put the spring back in your step!