Are you struggling to understand the ‘runners high’ everyone raves about? Have those #fitspo posts stopped getting you out of bed in the morning?
As we enter the cooler months, it can often feel like there must be a secret ingredient to finding motivation to train (and, subsequently, succeed), but, truth bomb: there are no magical formulas to conquering a fun run… it’s all about being consistent!
We’ve compiled 5 habits for you to start building into your day-to-day life ahead of 26 August so, if you’re up for the challenge, read on.
1. Set goals
…but set lots of them!
Of course, a big goal like Bridge to Brisbane is important for your motivation levels, but small daily or weekly goals will help you get out there and train and further help you on the big day itself.
Set goals like improving how far you go or the time it takes to run or walk 5km over a month period, as well as smaller, weekly goals like training three times a week, drinking 2L of water each day or always warming up and stretching down. These can all help create habits that will make you a better fun-runner.
TIP: Write your goals down or share them with someone else for added accountability!
2. Create a schedule
Orchestrate a pre-run routine to cue your body and mind that it’s time to train and repeat it every time you get ready to go. Choose the days and times you train and stick to them.
Create a pre-workout pump up playlist, have your clothes ready to go next to your bed for early morning starts, or lay them out before you leave the house so that they’re waiting for you when you get home.
By using cues to trigger your brain that it’s time to train, the act of heading out for a walk, jog or run will quickly become a part of your everyday.
3. Make it fun
It’s easier to commit to something you enjoy, so the more excitement you can create (even if it’s just in your head) around every run or walk you embark on, the better! Some ideas include;
- Revamp your footwear: before you step out for your next training session, check your runners. If they’re looking a little worse for wear, some new kicks (or a whole new outfit!) will refresh your outlook AND get your feet into gear! We recommend visiting our friends at Brooks Running for a range of must-have runners for all of the family!
- Energy boost: a long black before you run can feel like a reward before you’ve even stepped onto the treadmill/ pavement. As well as being a great, easy-to-access energy booster, studies have shown that caffeine prior to exercise, specifically running, can enhance performance and endurance. It also boosts your mental alertness, improves your mood, and boosts your desire to run hard.
- Create a distraction: build a training playlist or download a podcast you’ve been dying to listen to. This will give you something to look forward to before the run/ jog/ walk, as well as providing some entertainment… the less you’re thinking about tracking your kms, the quicker it will go!
- Treat yo’self: Help your brain associate exercise with reward by pre-planning a healthy treat for yourself post-run. We recommend checking out some recipes from Healthier. Happier. for inspiration!
4. Join a training group
Training is easier with company, and accountability! By joining a group, or even just working out with a friend, you can support one another and ensure no one slacks off in the race towards August 26.
Make it more fun by turning it into something social and find new friends with similar interests. To read up on all the benefits of joining (or creating) a running group, see our blog on group training here.
5. Recovery is key
Whether you are new to fun runs or a seasoned veteran, anyone can get injured whilst training for an event like Bridge to Brisbane. Active recovery sessions, like swimming, yoga or cycling are all great for helping sore muscles recuperate, while passive recovery, like foam rolling, stretching and even massages are crucial to allowing you to train regularly and make it a habit.
We recommend trying out a few different methods of recovery until you find the plan that’s right for you. Like your training, this will evolve as you continue to improve, so it’s worth monitoring this on an ongoing basis – you may even find another form of exercise to fall in love with!
Whether you’re looking to hit a PB or it’s your first time entering a fun run, creating lasting habits are a great way to prepare yourself for the big day, as well as establish healthy habits for life! If you are looking to set a goal to get you started, visit www.bridgetobrisbane.com.au to register for Bridge to Brisbane today.