Can’t face going for a run? Here’s how to motivate yourself

Join a group and start a training diary and you’ll find getting going a lot easier

Diary date: there’ll be no snooze button on the alarm when a friend is waiting at the front door at 6am

Diary date: there’ll be no snooze button on the alarm when a friend is waiting at the front door at 6am

An elite runner recently told me that she jumps out of bed each day looking forward to her run. Her morning is not complete without one. As a recreational runner I also love it once I get started, but I can struggle with the build-up.

Getting out of the door

I’m not alone. As a coach for recreational runners I spend more time motivating them to get out of the door than anything else. Many would admit that without each other’s support and the accountability of being in a group they would no longer be running. I’m no different. Having a group that is depending on me to turn up eliminates choice and helps start me running. Once I start I love it, but I certainly need a helping hand to get going.

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