As the cold, dreary weather continues into the month of march, you’ll surely be asking yourself why should I be out running when it’s so bleak?
Well ask no more as I have compiled a selection of the finest music to grace your ears while your Running your socks off. From ABBA to the bee gees and everything in between, we’ve got you covered.
1. ABBA – Dancing Queen
“You can sing, you can dance” …However more importantly, can you run?
2. Bee Gees – Night Fever
Possibly the only point in the day I have time to run, and who doesn’t want to have a bit of Saturday Night Fever when they are hitting the tarmac
3. KC And The Sunshine Band – Give it Up
Honestly please don’t give it up, keep it going, you’ve only got another 10 miles to go!
4. Matthew Wilder – Break my Stride
“Ain’t nothin gonna break my stride” …Too right! After reading this blog you should be running ultra marathons in no time.
5. The Housemartins – Happy Hour
Oh you bet, running till your legs fall off is my happiest hour of the day as well!
6. Tears of Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Too right they do… But for now focus on getting through that 5k. One step at a time
7. ABBA – Take a chance on Me
We couldn’t just include one song could we? Just ignore “we could go walking”. Because we can’t. We only do Running. Sorry.
8. Queen – Don’t stop me now
Stop reading the blog, get out running!
9. Katrina and the Waves – Walking on the sunshine
If it’s anything like last year you truly feel like you are walking on the sun. Utterly boiling.
10. Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’
And so you shouldn’t – come on, were meant to be running.
11. Barry White – You’re the first, the last, my everything
This year’s Great North Run, may well be your first, hopefully not your last, So give it your everything??
…I think I’m entitled for a round of applause for that.
12. John Travolta – You’re the one that I want
Serenade that Runners medal, tell it you’re the one that you need… oh yes indeed
13. Whitney Houston – Million Dollar Bill
Running should make you feel like a Million dollar bill, or at least one of those new £20 pound notes
14. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
I mean c’mon, it wouldn’t be a running playlist without it
15. Hairspray – You Can’t Stop the beat
If this doesn’t give you energy at 7 in the morning, I honestly don’t know what will. After all.. You can’t stop the beat.
Just as February has started, this year’s Great North Run ballot has been and gone and whether you have got a place in the run, or you have just missed out, there is a place for you on this year’s Dream Team.
Every year thousands of people have the decision to make, which charity do I run for? Seriously, this year there is no question as we are providing the best running experience for runners no matter your ability. Some people may already have ballot places which are great and you can still join our team and raise money for a great cause.
So what’s going to be different this year?
Dragonfly Running Team
This year’s big change is that we are going to introduce the dragonfly running team (how on earth did we come up with that name?!) This way if you are struggling with training, or simply want some company on those lonely late night 10km runs, the running team can be there for you.
We will also have a running leader board so we can all compete to see who has clocked the most miles and they will receive a special shout-out on the blog.
Looking for some new colourful gear for your training run? Look no further than here! We will be offering training tops to our dragonfly runners so you can support the charity with pride when you hit the tarmac in the months leading up to the run.
Support along the way
That’s right, it’s not just your Auntie Julia who will be cheering you on along the way. We plan to have some volunteers along the route in order to keep you striding on, even when your toenail falls off (…speaking from experience, you will need all the help you can get at this point!)
Funky fundraising pack
This will include all the help you will need to reach this year’s goal of £350. The trick is to start early, get in there before everyone else… it will take the pressure off you so you can enjoy the lead up to the run. We will also include a dragonfly badge so you can show everyone that you are running for a fantastic cause this year.
This incredible blog!
Courtesy of yours truly, you will be receiving weekly articles all about running and everything Great North Run in order to keep you motivated and entertained …probably.
No, it’s not the sort of tent you went camping in the lakes in as a child, this tent will be full of support and smiles once you have finished your run. Plus there will be lots of treats to get your sugar levels back up.
Knowing you are making a big difference.
The money you raise will have an incredible effect on young people’s lives across the UK, and since we are a smaller charity, every pound and every penny will make such a difference.
Imagine you are a young person and you are told you have limited time left to spend time with your family and friends, and you don’t have the money to enjoy that one dream you have, whether it’s driving a fast car or having a ride in a helicopter. You can help these dreams come true. The fundraising you do will make priceless memories for young people and families across the UK. The sky’s the limit, keep running and try and raise as much as you possibly can.
Good quality socks
Proper running shoes
The … Non essentials ?
Overly expensive running shoes
1. Understand that you’re probably not going to beat Mo Farah.
2. Race with yourself
3. GO! GO! GO!
4. Give yourself time to heal
5. Keep on going (Oh how typical)
6. Sleep well
7. Join a running group
8. Stay Hydrated
9. Make a goal.
10. Find a good playlist
12. Shake it up
13. 2020 miles in 2020
14. Stretch those legs
15. Have a warm up race.
16. Eat well.
17. Quality over quantity
18. Use a training app
19. Work on your Weaknesses
20. Just have fun!
All of December from the 1st to the 31st, everyone’s favourite festive activity seems to be eating everything from mince pies to roast turkey.
In this time of celebration, lots of people forget all about running (what half marathon next year?) and let their years worth of hard work and training lose the battle against the chocolates you receive every year without fail, from the distant family members you barely know the names of.
More worryingly this can lead to a decrease in motivation towards training coming into January and February and your chances of hitting that PB come the end of 2020 are looking slimmer.
However, here is your one stop guide to keeping on the roads and off the pigs in blankets. I am obviously not a dietary expert so take these ideas with a pinch of salt (not too much however) and remember you are allowed to enjoy yourself throughout this season, but keep these tips in mind.
Every mince pie = 1 Mile
This should make you able to justify your excessive consumption to yourself, as you will definitely run that 36 (and a quarter) mile run this week.
Use the cold as a motivator
If you think to yourself when out running, of that warm fireplace waiting for you on your arrival home, you will run twice as fast… probably.
Just think of the views you will get of that winter sun when you leave the house, also you will be the only runner to enjoy them with others tucked up inside while you’re working hard.
Running one step ahead of the competition
Many runners will be using this time period to rest and put their feet up after a hard year of training but not you, you will continue throughout and thus be a stronger runner in 2020.
Excuse for new Gear
That running jacket you could never justify, those cool trail shoes you thought you’d never need? Think again, Christmas is the time to give, and this includes giving to yourself, so treat yourself and buy some new gear before you hit those frosty roads .
Maybe the cold is not for you?
If even the thought of running in the winter breeze gives you a sniffle, then consider going down to your local gym and hitting the treadmill instead. The warmth in the gym will give similar conditions to running in the summer. A good idea is to run on an incline as running on a flat treadmill is no good for your ankles, so run on a 1% incline and above if you fancy challenging yourself.
Incentivise with the odd treat.
See you can enjoy yourself, within reason, think about that turkey when you get home after your run, yet again it will likely make you run faster and keep your mind positive in the bitter winter winds
Nice as it may seem, we all know that running is not our priority during the festivities so see if you can utilise a couple of these tips to keep you going, even if its just once or twice a month , I guarantee you will see the benefits come the new year.
The next time I will be writing here is in 2020, so have a “Runtastic” (no, surprisingly I did not find that pun in a cracker) Christmas and see you then!
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