No kidding around: The winter doldrums can hit even the most motivated runners and cause energy levels to sag.
It happens. The days are cold. The sun sets early. There's a ton of stuff to be done. Running might become a little flat.
If you feel like a saggy runner these days, I have some tips to help you break out of your slump. Read on . . . and then run on!
Re-energizing tip #1: READ!
|Ultra Marathon Man |
by Dean Karnazes
For some, the over-the-top stories of ultrarunners like Dean Karnazes or Marshall Ulrich are just what they need to read to help them get out the door on days when their energy is flagging.
For others, the observations of local runners dealing with the day-to-day challenges of regular runners everywhere are more motivating.
by Benjamin Cheever
- Search your local library or bookstore to find books on running and runners. In addition to the two runners mentioned above, some authors to consider include Bart Yasso, Benjamin Cheever, John Brant and Christopher McDougall.
- Chances are, there are some inspiring local running bloggers in your city or town. Search for them online or contact your local running club and ask if they know of local running blogs. You might learn some new things about your local running community!
- Magazines such as Runners World, Running Times, Trail Runner, Women's Running and UltraRunning all have an online presence where you can check them out and subscribe to the print versions.
If you put racing on-hold during the dark days of winter, you are missing out! One of the best ways to stay motivated and keep your energy levels up is to race because races force you to get outside -- and sometimes just running outside is all it takes to make you feel more energetic. The faster running can shake up your routine and put a little spring in your step as well.
when you feel a slump coming on?