Keep the fun in your run!
Have you come back from a run recently soaking wet, cold and a little bit miserable? Or worse still, looked out of a window and decided against putting on your running shoes altogether?
Here are a few tips on how to make your next run a little bit more enjoyable.
1) Make it a game. My favourite runs are around Richmond Park playing follow my leader with my running buddies. We take 5 minutes each at the front and the followers have to do exactly what the leader does. We jump logs, splash through puddles, climb trees and have even been known to run into the posh cafe - running around the people eating Sunday Roasts in our muddy, wet gear with huge grins on our faces.
2) Leave your techie gear at home. There's nothing worse than looking at your Garmin and seeing that you're a full 5 seconds slower per mile than you were in the summer. At this time of year our bodies naturally perform to a lower level so leave your gadgets at home and try to remember why you fell in love with running in the first place.
3) Remember why you first started running. I recently found myself running with the soul aim of keeping track of my weight, and winning races. That's two negative aims. When I first started running I did it because I loved being outside, the company of like minded individuals, and the feeling of whizzing around a course with the wind in my hair. As soon as I revisited these reasons I was coming home from work excited about my run.
4) If you have a holiday or are travelling with work use your running as a way to explore your new destination. Keep your eyes up and take in the places you'd like to visit at a slower pace later on in the day.
5) Join a club or group. There's nothing better than running along lost in a conversation. Running clubs are a fabulous place to meet new friends with similar interests and, if you're looking for romance, look no further. If I went to every wedding that has come from the Serpentine Running Club I'd never have a chance to take a long weekend run.
Lastly, and most importantly...
6) Become part of something bigger. Join a group of people trying to achieve something epic. Tribesports have a number of challenges that you can take part in working together to achieve a common goal. You could join my own new tribe - Run Around The World - an ambitious challenge called The World Relay.
The World Relay will travel 28,000 miles across 6 continents and 30 countries by foot, starting and finishing in London.
5,000 runners will keep the relay going non-stop around the clock in a bid to complete the journey in 180 days, raising thousands of pounds for charity along the way.
We are currently fundraising using Social Funding Platform Indiegogo
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