If you’ve ever trained for any type of walk or run event – be it ‘fun’ or not – you already know it isn’t always a walk in the park (pun 100% intended!).
Finding ways to make your training more fun can be half the battle, so it makes sense that joining an established running group in your area, or starting your own, will up the ante on your motivation and encourage you to stay on track ahead of The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane!
Accountability is key
If you’ve uttered any of the following statements in your training in the last 12 months, then you probably already know an element of accountability may be just what you need…
“I HATE waking up at 5am.”
“It’s too hard to leave my warm bed in the morning.”
“It was way too windy to run this afternoon.”
“I’m just not into it.”
These lines might work when you’re talking to yourself, but when there’s a group relying on you to show up, you really have to check yo’self before hitting ‘send’ on that group text and disappointing your training mates!
Support and motivation
Sometimes the biggest hurdle when it comes to exercise is the mental battle – whether it be you questioning your own ability, not having enough drive to get start or even lacking in self-belief. The good news is – you’re not alone, so joining forces could be the answer!
With a group of people around you working through the same emotions as you, it’s easier to motivate yourself, and each other, to keep going. There is nothing quite like having people who share the same goal by your side every step of the way.
The best part: when The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane is over, you can celebrate your achievement together in the Finish Village and plan out your next goal!
While a lot of people agree that training to music is the best way to push through your pain at the 3km mark, many fun runs don’t actually allow headphones on course on the day (for safety reasons), so it’s important you don’t become reliant on wearable technology.
Now, before you revert to your old habits and use this as an excuse to not train, there is something to be said for running with the sound of the world around you. Start to write down a list of locations in your local area that you and your training group can explore, then plot out your training around these.
If you’re in Brisbane, we recommend;
- South Bank
- Botanical Gardens
- Kangaroo Point
- Toowong to City walkway
- The Gap Reservoir
- Mt Coot-tha
- Daisy Hill Regional Park
Safety in numbers
As well as all the fun of running in a group, there is also some comfort in knowing that you will always have someone with you if you run into a spot of trouble – i.e. an injury or experiencing any unexpected pain. If you find yourself in an emergency, we recommend you call 000 as soon as possible.
Another plus – if you like running at night, you will feel safer doing so with others, especially in the winter months.
Make new friends
If nothing else, there is one thing you have in common with this group of people working together – you’re all training towards a goal! Whether it’s jogging 5km or beating a PB in the 10km race at Bridge to Brisbane, the commonalty will build report and, ultimately, a great (healthy!) friendship!
So… have we convinced you yet?!
If you want to improve your running and stay motivated in the lead up to The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane, why not join, or start your own training group and reap the rewards ahead of race day.
The first step to motivation – signing up! Visit www.bridgetobrisbane.com.au or pick up The Sunday Mail to find out more.