2018 started off really well for me, I managed to smash my 10 miles, half marathon and marathon PBs by April and then I got injured which left me feeling like I was starting at square one again.

Fast forward to November.  I have recovered from the injury, but I’m finding it harder to get back the motivation I had at the beginning of the year.  Sometimes I’m in the mood to run ALL the miles and other times I just want to hide under a blanket and eat my bodyweight in Cadburys Giant Buttons.

The cold, dark nights aren’t helping and it’s all too easy to make excuses. I am determined to power through so here is how I overcome those excuses and give myself that much-needed nudge out of the door.

Excuse: I am too tired after work
This is the excuse I use most often. So I get up early and get it out of the way. Working out in the morning can help increase your energy levels for the rest of the day. The gym is warm (and empty, yey!) first thing so I usually head there for an hour before work three times a week. If early mornings aren’t your thing try making the most of your lunch hour (and the daylight at this time of year).

Excuse: I can’t get out of bed on cold, dark mornings.
After I’ve told myself I’m working out in the morning my brain then greets me with this excuse. Getting up when it is still dark is a huge struggle for me! I’ve started to wake up at the same time each day regardless of if I’m going to the gym or not. I also know people that swear by Lumie Bodyclock lights which are designed to gradually fill your room with light to wake you up more naturally.

If the temperature is a problem set the timer for your heating so your bedroom is warm before the alarm goes off, there’s no excuse not to get out of bed then!

Excuse: I don’t want to run on my own in the dark
Run with a friend or a club – arranging to meet others makes you accountable. It is also much safer to run as a group in low light – see this post for my tips for running in the dark. I’ve recently joined a new running club.  Check out Run Together for running clubs in your area.

Excuse: I don’t have time
Finding the time to exercise is sometimes difficult. I tend to plan out my time each week and schedule in my workouts like I would an appointment. Again, I choose morning so I” less likely to talk myself out of it as the day goes on. Some weeks I manage more than others and thats OK. Running/walking/cycling your commute is also a fab way of adding cardio into your day.

Excuse: I just can’t be bothered
Sometimes rest is good and I really recommend listing to your body. A week off won’t lose you any fitness and can leave you feeling refreshed and reignite your passion.  If it is just a severe case of lazyitis you are battling with then set yourself a challenge and reward if you stick to it for the month. Virtual challenges are great as a way of keeping motivated. I’ve pledged to run 100KM for Run up to Christmas in December so I have no excuses!

Marathon training starts in a few weeks, so there will be NO excuses then.