Even if you love to run, sometimes you need a bit of a kick, a push, something to inspire you.
Here are the five things that motivate me to get out running:
The sight of the hills. Driving through the hills, with their tracks, trails, heather, woods, steep climbs and descents, and low lying cloud – it makes you want to just get out and run. If I’m feeling tired of running, just seeing the hills just makes me want to run.
Other runners. It could be reading a book like Richard Askwith’s Feet in the Clouds, seeing from a distance a runner out on the hills, or talking to running pals; other runners inspire me to run.
Great weather. Not just sun, but soft snow, crisp autumn days and long evenings all make me want to stop lazing and enjoy the natural weather.
Strava. Quite specific, but Strava – an app for friends to log, share and compare their running and cycling – is a brilliant motivator. Just seeing how much others are doing makes me realise I can do more.
Watching others be active. Whether it’s sport or action movies, the sight of other people out there, doing something active, makes me want to get off the couch and head to the hills.