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(excerpted from the Running Room Runner's Times Newsletter, February 1999 )

  • Plan and schedule your daily workouts.
  • Be flexible within your schedule. Just commit to completing the workout.
  • Be creative in planning your workouts. Use normal down time or waiting time to get in that run, stretch session, or cross-training session.
  • Read, listen to or watch something humorous. A good laugh gets rid of most stress. The thought of my good buddy Nick Lees running a marathon in a tutu usually does the trick for me.
  • Vary your workouts. Running the same distance or course every day can soon lead to boredom. A little speed or some hill repeats will put some spring back into your stride.
  • Run with a buddy. You can motivate each other.
  • Imagine yourself in a race leading the pack that is 25 meters behind you. Push just a little.
  • In a safe area, put on headphones and listen to some music, a motivational tape or a comedy tape.
  • Mix it up - change the time of day you normally run; run in a different direction; run a new workout; or read a great new running book like Running Start To Finish.
  • Best yet, run past a hospital to remind yourself how fortunate you are to have your good health. It is a fragile gift you must look after.
  • Savour each run as it is special in its own way.
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