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Motivation and Mantras – Running in 2021

Challenging Yourself in 2021

At the start of 2021, we asked club members on Facebook what their running goals were for the upcoming year. After 2020 put a stop to races and normal running schedules, a lot of runners have had to re-assess how they motivate themselves to continue running – we’ve all had our ups and downs when it comes to battling weather or injury!

65% of respondents want to run just for the love of it!

Here is how the respondents voted on Facebook:

Under ‘Other’, club members mentioned running injury free and getting back to the sport after a long period of time.

In a time when a lot of people are spending their days at home, it’s important to find that drive to exercise, whether that’s a walk in the fresh air or breaking some running PB’s. Would you choose one of the above options? Or have you set yourself another running challenger? And nearly a month in to 2021, are you maintaining your goal?

Let RSE know how it’s going, we would love to hear from you! You could comment below this blog, send a message on WhatsApp or post on Facebook.

Coaches Tips of the Week

Use a mantra while running to help you think positively – mine is “Keep your head up, keep your heart strong”, inspired by a Ben Howard song my girlfriend always plays. Not only does it remind me to use good posture, but also to keep going when running feels tough.

Coach and Club Captain Dave Witnall

I saw this earlier in the week and really liked it – If you’re finding your run hard, it’s because you’re making it hard. You set the pace, you set the intensity, you are the one in control. It’s your run – you decide how you want it to feel.

Head Coach Kevin Joynes-Creed
Snow day runs are the best! Did you run in the snow today?

If you’ve completed a goal or personal challenge, however big or small, contact Ellie Taylor (me) via WhatsApp, as I’d love to feature you in the club news report.

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