February is usually a tough time for runners. Unless you’re training for a race (and even if you are) it can be difficult to stay motivated at this point in the winter. Many of us are tired of the cold, wind, snow, ice, etc. While it may be the “off-season” for many, we still want to keep up with our fitness so that we are ready to go when the spring rolls around.
Here are some ways to help you stay motivated during the winter:
1. Set a goal
Even if you’re not training for a race, having a goal to work towards will help you to stay focused. Maybe this is something like running a certain amount of miles per week, or losing weight, or running a mile at a certain pace. No matter what your goal is, try to use it to stay motivated on those days that you don’t feel like running!
2. Follow a plan
In order to accomplish your goal, you probably need a plan! Even if you don’t have a specific goal in mind, following a plan will help you stay on track. I’ve really struggled without a plan this year, and find that following a schedule definitely helps me to get in all my workouts. The plan doesn’t have to be anything too intense. It could just be a loose outline of what workouts you plan to get in each day.
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3. Invest in new/warm running gear
Who doesn’t love running in new running clothes and gear? Plus, if you invest in some warm clothes, you will be more inclined to run outside when it’s cold out!
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4. Find a group to run with
If you have a hard time getting outside by yourself, find some running friends to hold you accountable! Personally, I prefer solo runs, but I know so many runners prefer running with a group. Find out from your local running store if there are any groups in your area.
5. Take your workouts indoors
You can still keep up with your workouts even if you don’t want to run outside. You could consider joining a gym, or even trying one out for a few weeks (many gyms offer a free trial period.) There are also plenty of workouts that you can do besides running! Try an at-home YouTube workout, take a yoga class, or get in some strength training. Winter is a great time of year for cross-training and strength training, so don’t force yourself to run if you’re just not feeling it!
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While winter is a good time to back off from intense training, don’t let it derail your workouts altogether! I know that I feel so much better getting through the winter when I get in my workouts at least a few days a week.
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Do you struggle with staying motivated during the winter?
Does new running gear get you excited to run?
What else helps you to stay motivated in the winter?