No motivation ?? Here are 5 tips to motivate you to run ?

Find motivation to run

Stop giving excuses

Have you ever felt so lazy that you couldn’t put on your running attire,  lace up your sport shoes, to get off your lazy ass or to go for your routine run?

And you start to blame the weather,..“it is too hot today and I might get sunburn”, or “since it is windy, i better take a nap” …and you start thinking of thousand reasons to escape your run..

Actually, There’s nothing wrong with you, except…YOU’VE LOST YOUR MOTIVATION.

So, here are 5 tips to motivate you to keep running 😉

1. Set your goal. 

Plan your mileage target for every month wisely. Write them BIG and paste it at an area you can easily see. This will motivate you and get you to be more responsible towards your goal.

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2. Register for a race.

Once you click the ‘register’ button, you definitely feel like,..“Soon, I will run for this event, and yes, I should start run today”. You will start to find time to train and become consistent as the ‘race day’ comes nearer.

At the REPC..I'm very excited to run soon!

3. Remember, it’s for your health.

Do not run because your friends are running too, and that if you’re not running with them,..you’d be left behind and have no friends. Do not run because you wanna have the slimmest figure among your fat colleagues, do not run because it is a trend. Run because you feel good and fresh after accomplish your goal. Run because it is definitely the best stress reliever. And yes, remember that after you run, you can eat like a MONSTER!

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

4. Find running buddies. 

Running alone will sometime make you feel demotivated. You will feel bored, lonely and distracted. Get a running buddy, set up your goal together, plan and train. It will be even more fun if you guys sign up for a race and compete together. Your performance will be improve if you guys aim and train hard.

They are doing well today ;) Congrats guys!

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5. Put your best attire on

Introduce variety into your running wardrobe so that you will be more excited to run everyday. Everybody wants look good and nice in whatever they’re wearing, so do you when you run. And yes, your running selfie definitely would be gorgeous too. Make sure you are comfortable and confident in your attires.

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Till then, we’ll meet again, keep fit and be inspired! ?

The Weekend Runner: Race Dilemmas

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Lately I have been in a deep state of dilemma when I realized there were so many good races towards the second half of the year, yet so little time for me to participate. I had to sell or give away a few race kits to fit into my schedule because new, much more interesting races keep popping up (transferring race kits is not advisable but we’ll save that story for a different day). If I can be in two places at the same time I would have signed up for everything! Unfortunately, until scientists invent time travelling, I have to prioritize.

 

So here some determining factors that I use as a guidance when I am stuck between choosing 2 (or more) races:

Step 1: Determine your distance

-There are no rules stating that you must start by 5KM races, then gradually progress to 42KM. I am a big believer of ‘you can do anything, as long as you train for it.’ However, I like to use shorter goals and milestones as a build up to the full marathon. For example, when choosing races, half marathons and trail runs take precedence over shorter races such as 10KM or 5KM. I focus on longer distances or more challenging terrains for now because they are a part of my full marathon training. If you already have a distance in mind that you are aiming for, then by all means, go for that race instead.

Step 2: Organizer’s background check.

– Unless if the race you plan to enter is an inaugural event, such as Nike We Run KL or Reebok Spartan Race, it is best to read up on last year’s event to determine how reliable are the organizers. You might also want to check the sponsors too so you can look forward to the goody bags and coupons. For example, Penang Bridge Marathon were organized by reputable people but I was disappointed on last year’s event because it was not up to my expectations. Therefore, bigger event does not always mean better organizers. If you trust the organizers, then yes by all means, go for that race instead.

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Some organizers went to great lengths to impress. Some were meh, uneventful or insignificant. Some needed much improvement.

Step 3: Fun Factor.

– Running should not feel like a chore. You should never wake up at 4 am on a race day and wish you spent time in bed instead. After all, you decided to participate because you want to enjoy the experience. If running in mud, being thrown with coloured powder, or running with your friends makes the race much more enjoyable for you, then by all means yes, go for that race instead.

 

Wow Run 2015 Malaysia

 

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If running with your fellow sisters makes you happy, then by all means yes, go for this race!

If you ever find yourself stuck between 2 or more races, just remember the 3 steps as a guidance. Is there any other determining factor that you use when you are torn between choosing 2 races?

 

Until next week,

The Weekend Runner.

The Weekend Runner: Race Rituals

As races slowed down, I find myself spending more time on reading and researching about running. After browsing a few articles, I came across several interesting information: Before a race, Usain Bolt admitted to eating chicken nuggets as one of the ways to prepare himself. Killian Jornet wrote in his book ‘Run or Die’, that he will have a jar of Nutella after every ultra race. I’ll call these practices as the ‘race ritual’.

 

While your race rituals may or may not be similar to the fastest man on earth, I am sure most of us have a unique set of mental preparation – a set of step-by-step behaviour that only takes place on Race Day. Regardless of the distance, location, or type of race, I have certain procedures that I will follow consciously and unconsciously and why I think they help.

 

–        Pre-race rituals

1)     Laying out my clothes on the night before the race. I do not want to end up looking for my number bib at 4am. Also, nothing new on race day to prevent chaffing, weird colour coordination, or other outfit mishaps.

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Which Nashata top and hijab goes well for tomorrow’s race?

2)     Eat. A lot. Carbo-loading, protein-loading, etc. Whatever you call it, everyone has different fuel and nutrition needs. Personally, I don’t see the difference, as long as I don’t skip dinner.

3)     Wake up at least 2.5 hours before flag-off time. Ample time to have breakfast, make coffee, warm up, and ensure that I get the best parking spot.

4)     Music on full blast while driving to the flag-off venue to get the adrenaline pumping. Confession: I love listening to Taylor Swift before every race.

5)     Check the race route. The elevation, road, a crazy uphill – basically, I need to study and know what I am in for.

6)     A quick facebook update once I am in the holding pen. And taking loads of pictures. I find that it helps to ease the pre-race jitters.

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Good morning everyone what time is it? It’s Race O’ Clock!!!

 

–        Post-race rituals

Only 3:

1)     Finisher pictures with the medal.

2)     Eat. A lot. Because it feels rewarding to know that I deserve that 2 pieces of roti canai and kuih.

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Not just desserts, but an extra piece of roti canai perhaps?

3)     Sleep and rest. I’ll be hibernating, do not expect me to emerge before evening.

Do you have your own race rituals? What about lucky objects, favourite socks, or something that you will never run without? Do you answer your phone or text messages on the morning of the race?

 

Signing off until next week,

The Weekend Runner.