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18-02-2021
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Marathon motivation: 10 top tips

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6. Mix it up

David Hylton, co-founder of #RunChat, says: “Running is simple. Preventing it from getting boring is simpler.” HyIton turns this maxim into reality by injecting variety into his running sessions. You can do the same by trying something different: hill repeats, a track session, signing up for a trail race. You could even just run somewhere new to freshen up your routine.

7. Avoid an ‘all or nothing’ approach

If you’e short on time or really not feeling up to a long session, just go for a shorter run for however long you feel you can spare. As legendary running author Dr George Sheehan once said: “Have you ever felt worse after a run?”.

8. Reward your efforts

Treating yourself to some new running gear is a great way to re-energise your running as you’ll want to get outside to show off your new kit! You could also promise yourself a sports massage, new pair of trainers, or the latest running gadget as an incentive when you’re targeting a big goal.

9. Be inspired

Which athletes do you look up to? Many big-name runners have written books about their amazing exploits and how they pushed themselves to greatness. Read about someone who has inspired you to see what you can take from their lives into your own training.

10. Have something to look forward to

A treat of some kind at the end of your run is a great way to keep yourself focused and ensure you give your best until the end. It could be a good meal, sitting down to watch your favourite TV show, or finishing your run somewhere with a great view.

Feeling suitably motivated? Now get out there and put these tips into practice!