This is something I get asked about frequently, how is it possible to stay motivated to keep training month after month, whatever the weather. I thought I would write a blog post on the topic which should hopefully answer the question, and offer some motivation too when you feel like you’ve lost it!
First things first, WHY are you training? Are you training because you love it? Because you want to loose weight? Because you want to get a sub 30min 5k? Do you know your ‘WHY’?
Personally, I train because I love it, and because I compete at Ironman distance – which would be next to impossible without the training. If I didn’t have this big reason in my mind every time I went out for a run, I’d easily make 100 excuses as to why I didn’t need to do it. So think about why you’re getting up at 6am to go to the gym, or running in the cold, or however it is you’re training – hopefully your WHY is a good enough reason to get you doing it!
What’s the GOAL? It’s okay knowing why your training, but having a specific goal(s) in mind makes all the more difference. For example, I know I can get through an Ironman race with little swim practice, but this year I want to win my age category and make it to the world championships. I don’t just want to ‘do it’ – I want to win it, which means putting in all those extra sessions in the pool!
Have a PLAN! Training for your goal without a plan of how to do it is an easy way to loose your motivation! Whether you use a coach, or just simply write down your weekly plan and sessions – it’s going to help. There is nothing worse when you’re lacking motivation for a session, and you get to the gym with no idea what to do – it’s likely you will only opt for the quickest and easiest workout.
Keep track of your PROGRESS. The quickest way to give up and loose motivation is when you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. Time your runs, keep track of your heart rate, keep note of the weights your lifting, take measurements – whatever it is that suits the goal, track the progress and celebrate it!
Ultimately you need to do it for YOU and nobody else! Remind yourself everyday how much you want it, and why you want it, and how it will make you feel when you achieve it! At the same time, enjoy the journey!