Five tips from a fitness expert

Personal trainer Papillon Luck gives her five top tips to keep you running well this year.

by Lucy Trevallion

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5) Do: Set goals

Basing your training schedule on willpower alone makes it difficult to achieve your goals on days when you don’t feel like running. Instead, create a programme you can realistically stick to in order to focus on an end result. By doing this, missing a day’s training would potentially delay the goal you’re focusing on. It’s hard enough to motivate yourself to run in the dark, after a long day at work but your programme should focus your mind on the purpose of your training. If you mentally attach a purpose to why you’re doing something rather than doing it aimlessly, the potential to avoid it is diminished.

Don't make it hard to succeed. If you’re training for a marathon, imagine yourself at the finish line with your friends and family cheering you on, then work backwards to do what you need to in order to get the desired end result. In this instance, you can only reach that goal by following your training programme so don’t let your willpower be swayed by a cosy night next to the fire. 

You can read more about setting effective goals in this article from our sister site, Triathlete's World.

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Don’t: Eat & drink at the wrong time prior to running

Yeah... drink that pint of water an hour before your run, and then make sure you go for a wee before you start (especially if it's at a race) ... nothing like the starting gun to make you want a wee all of a sudden!

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 22:26

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