Marathon Series: Surviving January

Wednesday 21 January 2015 by

Running, Fitness, Marathon training, #HoBFitness, London, Sunrise, January

Welcome back to week nine of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26.2 miles. This week, we’re talking about surviving January.

It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s been raining solidly for a week and you’ve forked out £50 you didn’t have for a membership at the local gym (which you’ve yet to use). The end of January is edging ever closer, and whether you’ve been avoiding alcohol or celebrating #AntiJanuary, it’s a bit of a relief.

So how do you survive the New Year slump? Because, let’s face it, the last thing you want to do is go out for a run right now.

Stop thinking

If you’re a morning person (and I am), set your running clothes out the night before, and set your alarm for a few minutes before you actually have to get out of bed. That way, you can roll out of bed and into your clothes and by the time you’ve woken up, you’ll be halfway round. By making it as easy as possible, you’ll start to just do it.

Do it anyway

It’s far easier said than done, but just go and do it. The quicker you do, the faster it will be over, and then you can sink in to a hot bath/add extra marshmallows to your hot chocolate without feeling guilty. Plus, you get extra Brownie points from everyone you tell because they will look at you in pure amazement at your dedication and fitness.

Join a running club

You’ve heard of Parkrun by now. It’s totally free, and every Saturday morning. So shake off that hangover and go run 5km with a load of other mad people. Things are that much easier with others, and there are plenty of running clubs countrywide that – if not free – are much cheaper than a gym membership.

Sign up for a race

Register for a race in March or April, and you don’t have a choice- you have to train. I have a half marathon at the end of March, and nothing is better motivation than knowing I will make a fool of myself or get injured if I don’t train right now.

There is nothing to feel bad about if you’re struggling in January- it’s pretty much obligatory that you will. But remember that this is just month one of twelve, and by month three you’ll be kicking yourself you didn’t start training sooner (think of the beach body you need in June!) I promise, January is nearly over, and it’s not that bad. Just go do it. It will be over before you know it.

How have you survived January’s fitness slump?

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back next week when we’re talking about the perfect post-run fuel.

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