Where do you start on your journey to 1000 miles? From choosing the right equipment to rewarding yourself after topping up those miles, we've got our top tips to getting you closer to that 1000 mile mark...
Every runner experiences negative emotions. Even Mo Farah struggles with motivation, the best endurance runners on the planet struggle with motivation at times so create a coping strategy. The key is to identify those things that could go wrong. So, what are likely to be the negative moods you experience? and what then is going to be your strategy to cope with that?
Working to the theory food warms up our core temperature. And your muscles work better when they are warm…and you shouldn’t forget to rehydrate, why not try homemade hot chocolate? Not only does it taste good it hydrates and refuels you immediately after running. The milk will give you a pop of protein and carbohydrate; the cocoa, antioxidants.
Book a holiday
Yes, it’s early in the year, but it’s never too early to think about the summer. Sports Tours International have loads on offer, but this in the home of trail running certainly looks interesting! Every year at the end of June is the time when Chamonix, the ski capital of France turns into a running mecca with a host of different running events on offer. With tough courses and challenging routes, the Mont Blanc Marathon series offers a unique spectacle of this wondrous mountain range, rewarding all those who take part with spectacular views and stunning scenery. Starts on June 29; go to www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk for more info.
Have a plan
Your plan should include a variety of runs; too often every run becomes the same. Also, make sure you don’t do every run at the same pace, otherwise what happens is you become very good at running at that pace but you’ll never run any quicker. And while that may sound good early on, it does cause motivation issues later in your quest for 1000 miles in 2018!
New Year, New You
There’s a saying that there is no such thing as bad weather just bad equipment, and the same can be said that there’s no such thing as a bad trail just bad equipment. When training on the trails in the winter it’s important to think about your equipment, you cannot wear your racing flats on a boggy muddy trail route it’s like Bambi on ice. The great thing about trail running is everyone can do it no matter you age, ability etc and its an adventure every time you get out on them, but that adventure is underpinned by enjoyment and if you have got the right equipment you’ll enjoy yourself even more.
Find a parkrun near you and go to it. Parkruns aren’t races but once you’re registered for free online you will get a time and a position. And from there you can record how well you’re going over the next couple of months. Most are on the road in, well parks, but plenty are off-road so there are no excuses!
Find the right shoes
There are loads out there, but these Inov-8 Roclite 315 GTX, costing £145 caught our eye. Using fresh fabric technologies on the upper, the shoe is intended to be more durable, while a super-flexible Gore-Tex Invisible Fit membrane means feet should remain dry when pounding sodden trails. The outstanding Inov-8 grip feels fast and secure on any terrain. Check out www.inov-8.com
Get the right gear
It’s the small things that often make the difference – exactly where these Montane Via Trail Gloves come into play. Featuring windproof, wicking and breathable fabric Chameleon Lite, which offers a 10,000mm hydrostatic head and 10,000 MVTR, the VIA Trail Gloves are a lightweight requirement for any serious mountain, trail, fell, sky or alpine runner. With touch sensitive fingertips for adaptability, a flocked nose-wipe and angled cuff to cater for arm movement whilst running, you will not need to take these off to achieve your goals. Yours for £25 from www.montane.co.uk