The Winter Push Through - Stay The Course
So it's Monday again...somehow that keeps happening every week. Back to routines, plans and to-do lists as usual. This time of year can be ROUGH for maintaining focus & motivation not only to get out of bed and head to work, school or whatever your daily lives might entail - but to also endure training and good quality workout sessions in preparation for your next race event.
The skies are often grey, clouds are thick dumping rain or snow on your outdoor plans and the days are short. Training during this time of year is difficult. A few bullet points below can keep you motivated and on track to emerge in spring feeling ready for race season!
- Focus on your goals both short term and long term. Sometimes the hardest part of training can be just getting out the door or to your gym to get a session in. Start!! Once your moving and warming up you can always pivot and tweak the session as needed. Getting started is key!
- Just like the pain you might experience on race day, the winter season is temporary. The short, dark and cold days will not last forever. Find inner strength to push through now and reap the rewards of continued training efforts later.
- Try new challenges! Can't stand being indoors even if it's freezing out and the ground is covered in snow? Try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Different activities can add a good challenge to your training sessions and offer you a new experience.
- Try mixing up your schedule. Normally have a long run planned for Friday? Try a Monday instead. You might meet different people, find the roads are less crowded (or treadmills in this case) or have a better overall week with your big run session all said and done.
Elite Tip :: Winter can definitely be a drag if you're not into snow sports or dealing with the cold grey weather. This time of year is ideal for developing mental training. Finding inner strength to push through certain days or sessions can result in having a more positive outlook overall AND give you that mental power to attack during a tough race event.
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Author: JB Tobin | This article is for reference purposes only and is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any ailments or sports related conditions. Always seek professional medical advice.
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