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Maintaining the mojo to train in Winter!

I was at dinner with a friend last week who asked, “How on earth do you motivate yourself to train in this weather?” Very good question… Before jetting off to Gateshead next weekend for the pre-Commonwealth Games Camp, I thought I would shed some light on how to get motivated for training in winter for those battling the temptation to stay rugged up in bed.

Last weekend, a group of runners in training for the 2014 New York marathon for the Little Heroes Foundation (LHF), planned to join Team Tempo (my training squad) for part of the routine Sunday long run. I was running from home towards our regular meeting spot in North Adelaide, when an eerie shade of grey crept over the sky and a cool, punishing breeze started to make each stride a little more difficult. Five minutes before we were due to meet, the sharp rain started piercing my skin and stinging my eyes… these are the runs that test your resilience. Like many, I find it difficult to throw off the warm blankets when I can hear the rain pelting down outside… so I would not have blamed the LHF recruits if they didn’t show!

I was very impressed however to see a couple of runners emerge to join the huddle of Team Tempo athletes for the run, which lasts anywhere between 70-150 minutes depending on the runner’s focus event. What I believe set these runners apart from the majority who would have pushed snooze and rolled over that morning, is their drive to achieve an upcoming goal. I am very much driven by my goals and with the marathon in Glasgow now only three weeks away, there is no other option in my mind than to train so why waste time thinking about it?! My key tips for getting the training done when motivation is dwindling are:

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