(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.