The Social Side of Running

Beginners' Running Advice & Motivation,Running Health & Lifestyle Advice
The Social Side of Running

It's great to train on your own by taking a long run home from work, maybe through your favourite park, getting rid of the stresses and strains of the working day. For some, it is the cheapest form of therapy, as well as the most enjoyable - nothing beats the great outdoors! However, on another day you may be feeling a little unmotivated - we all have our 'off days'. Perhaps your work/down time is out of balance, and you can't muster the enthusiasm to put on your trainers. If this is the case, here is what you can do:

Sign up for an Inspirational Running Workshop

If you are based in London, you could try our Get Fitter, Run Faster night - the Nordic Balance team take us through a high intensity speed session. It feels like being a kid again! Everyone is cheering each other on. The session is bound to get you running with new enthusiasm and gusto. Or you could try the Barefoot Clinics - you will be sure to be inspired by the natural way to run. The speaker, Matt, is highly knowledgeable about all things barefoot, and it is a great way to spice up your training. You will meet like minded barefoot runners, plus our staff are firm believers in the barefoot way in order to compliment any training schedule.
Check out our In-store Running Events.

Join a local running club

There are so many great clubs in the UK. I know of some runners who say this is the only thing that keeps them going, especially in the dark, winter months. Often the clubs will meet twice during the week and perhaps on a Sunday too. But each club varies, so you can choose one that fits in with your commitments.
Check out our contact listing for running clubs in your area: London | Cardiff

Encourage a friend or family member to take up running

Having some company can really help to motivate and lift spirits. If you're an early bird, why not meet up, go for a run and then treat yourself to a cappuccino or a great healthy breakfast. We all need little treats to keep us going, so make sure to always reward yourself. It is said that if you can run and chat, then you are in the fat burning zone... yet another plus! Having company can also give you more freedom to explore places you might not go to alone.

Borrow a four-legged friend

Owning a dog is a great way to motivate us to go out running, but if your lifestyle is not conducive to being a full time dog owner, then why not find a friend or neighbour near by, who would love for you to help them out by 'borrowing' their special four legged friend for an hour or so. Just be careful not to lose man's best friend - some breeds are more disposed to long runs than others!

Search out an energetic holiday

If you're feeling adventurous, go for some altitude training, preferably 2,400 meters (8,000ft) above sea level. In altitude training, the body adapts to the relative lack of oxygen in one or more ways, such as increasing the mass of red blood cells and hemoglobin, or altering muscle metabolism. This will undoubtedly give you the edge over the competition in your next race.

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