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Marathon Motivation

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Training for a marathon can be hard and it’s natural to experience ‘off’ days along the way! Checkout some of our top tips for staying on track when training for a marathon to help make your day as enjoyable as possible!

Set Small Goals

Focus on the process rather than the outcome (the marathon). Instead set smaller stepping stone goals in the lead up to race day, from training sessions to tune up races, this can help you build confidence and give you a sense of accomplishment. It also makes the marathon seem less daunting and maintain motivation along the way. 

Run With Friends

I’ve made so many good friends through running. It makes the lonely miles so much more enjoyable and you’ll be amazed at how quickly time passes when you’re running with others. Finding a local running club or meeting some running buddies can help push that bit extra, whilst also giving you extra accountability.

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Follow a Training Plan

It’s important to give your training structure and purpose. Following a training plan will help you progress safely and take away any guess work. It’s also important to keep track of your training in the form of a diary or online so you can monitor progress and also look back at how far you’ve come! Checkout a range of training plans at JM Coaching to help you achieve your goals.

Treat Yourself

Treating yourself to some new running kit and trainers is a great way to re-energise your running. How often do you feel better in a fresh new pair of trainers? Not forgetting, look good, feel good! It doesn’t have to be kit though, you could treat yourself to a massage or simply a treat meal, sitting down to watch your favourite Netflix show or reading a book after a long run to give yourself a well deserved pat on the back.

Do It For a Good Cause

Running for charity can give you a huge boost and when you have one of those ‘off’ days when you’re questioning going out the door thinking of all the money you’re helping to raise for a good cause will give you all the motivation you need. You may also wish to run for sentimental reasons, but whatever your reason or cause keep up the good work! 

Mix It Up

Variaty is key, include cross training and strength training alongside your run training, especially if you’ve had a history of injuries. Once you’ve progressed, start incorporating interval work in the way of hills, fartleks, tempo runs and even races along the way. Don’t forget RBRC meeting every Wednesday evening 👋  Don’t be afraid to run somewhere new too, as the saying goes, a change is often as good as a rest.

Remember the Health Benefits

It might not always feel it 🤪 But we promise, running is good for you! Whether you’re looking to lose weight or improve your fitness, running is also a great stress-buster thanks to the feel-good endorphins you produce during exercise and the chance to switch off from the outside world. 

About the author: Jonny Mellor

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