Murphy Runs Column: 5 tips to motivate yourself to run

Murphy Runs offers advice for the days when you just can’t be bothered.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken to many runners who feel their running motivation has taken a bit of a hit during lockdown.

Our normal routines have been turned upside down, we’re inundated with zoom quizzes and have no confirmed races in sight. Plus, it’s no secret that psychological stress of the situation is also quite draining.

However, I urge you to keep going. We run because we’re strong individuals who love chasing that runners high.

Here are some tips I use to help me on the days I’d rather scoff BBQ food and watch TV.

Make the run about mental strength

Sometimes, there is no ‘one thing’ you can do to find motivation but pushing yourself to run when you’re dreading it will improve your mental toughness.

Running is 80% mental. If you can push yourself outside now when you don’t want to, you’ll thank yourself later at the end of your next half-marathon!

Visualise the runners high

Think about the moment you’ll stop running just outside your house and you know it’s done.

Visualise a previous run or race and how it made you feel at the end. Now go and chase that feeling!

Turn off your music

I love listening to music and podcasts when I run, but during lockdown, I’ve become overwhelmed with noise from phone calls, music and TV.

Be kind to yourself and head out somewhere quiet to give your mind a break from thinking or hearing!

Time over miles

If we have say, 10km on the plan, there’s sometimes that subconscious pressure to run at a certain pace.

Swap this run for an easy 60 minutes instead. You’ll feel less pressure to run at a certain pace as there
is no set distance.

Walk in the mornings

If you’re not a morning runner, I find that getting outside first thing for a short morning walk (10–30 minutes) means that I’ve broken that barrier of getting up and out, so when lunchtime or evening comes, I find it much easier to get outside and run.

Keep going – and happy running!

Follow Anastasia’s running adventures on Instagram @MurphyRuns

This feature was published in the July 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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