A Spring Energy Refresh with E.ON

The clocks spring forward in a week or so and I’m looking forward to lighter, longer evenings and running without a head torch! The transition period between Winter and Spring can be tough. Just as you think it might be time to pack away the long sleeves, thermals and gloves and bring out the vest tops, visors and sunnies, you get caught out in a hailstorm on the top of a hill, the wind blowing straight into your face and chilling you to your bones!

It’s hard to motivate yourself to keep training outdoors and working towards your goals when the weather is miserable and new research by E.ON shows that I’m not alone. Bad weather causes 77% of us Brits to put off outdoor activity, despite 55% wanting to incorporate home exercise into their routine!

Here are my top tips for a little Spring refresh. It’s time to get out there and be active, regardless of the weather. Be prepared and find out what you enjoy and what works for you and your lifestyle.

For a chance to win a £150 Sweaty Betty or Gymshark voucher courtesy of E.ON, leave your top tip to stay motivated and active this Spring in the comments below.

  • Join a social running group

On Sunday I joined Edinburgh Trail Chicks for their first group outing and met 14 other ladies raring to get out on the trails. Yes, there were chats about the weather but it didn’t put us off. We were there to explore, enjoy and have an adventure. Before coffee and cake obviously!

  • Have an active commute

I’ve recently started run commuting and it’s bringing such a good start to my day. After a few hiccups in the first few weeks getting used to my routine, I’ve nailed it and can hop out of bed, bag packed and in work quicker than I would if I took the bus! Running, walking or cycling all or part of your commute to work is an easy way to stay active without really thinking about it. If you’re a home worker, utilise your flexibility to walk to the shops or make the most of your lunch hour by running or joining a class.

  • Get kitted out

Everyone loves new kit – and you could win yourself some fancy new leggings and more by entering the competition! – but having good kit you can rely on in any weather is essential. A good waterproof is always important, as is a dry bag to put all your kit in. As Winter ends it’s also a great time to grab some bargains in the sales, so you’re more prepared than ever when the bad weather comes round again.

  • Set a goal

I have a few races coming up in April but looking ahead to the Summer it’s rather empty. Time to look at the calendar I think, add a few club championship races to the list and remember what I was jealous of everyone racing last year to inspire me! Got a bucket list race to recommend?

  • Be kind to yourself

Balance is key and making good decisions, like motivating yourself to get out there when you’d maybe rather not, is easier when you’re thinking about the bigger picture. You. I know I need different activities in my week to keep me interested, so a couple of Pilates, yoga and weight-based classes between running helps to mix things up. It’s also really important to keep me strong and focused.

Share your best tip to stay motivated and keep that energy up in the comments below for your chance to win a £150 Sweaty Betty or Gymshark voucher courtesy of E.ON! The competition is open until 7pm on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 and the winner will be selected at random and contacted on 5th April 2019. Good luck!

N.B. This post was sponsored by E.ON, to help advertise their wide range of products and services available for your home. Although I was paid for this post, all views are my own.

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  1. Coren
    28th March 2019 / 7:28 am

    Heading out with a group of friends is the number 1 motivator for me. And snacks! Packing my favourite snacks for mid-run, or making sure I can have my favourite food/brunch as post-run refuel!

    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 7:31 am

      Love this! I agree with friends and snacks!

  2. 28th March 2019 / 7:54 am

    Heading out on different routes mid-week is definitely a motivator for me. A mini mid-week adventure gives me something to look forward to!

    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 7:57 am

      Yes! and I’ve seen this in action! No need to save adventures for the weekend.

  3. Corinne
    28th March 2019 / 8:08 am

    For me it would be run with someone and find the time as there is always time. I am a working mom and my husband is away for work a lot at the moment. I was struggling to get any runnuhgbor excercises done but I decided to take my running kit to work and I go run at my lunch break or do a 30mins excercise at home in the evening when the kids are asleep. When there is a will there is always a way

    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 8:10 am

      So true Corinne, finding time to squeeze in a workout is so good.

  4. Julie Shanks
    28th March 2019 / 8:10 am

    I would say having a friend to be accountable for meeting is probably the best tip!

    Also because I was injured for a few months and couldn’t run my other tip would be to get out and run while you can because you never know when you’ll be wishing you were able to go out in all weather!

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    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 8:16 am

      I agree Julie, remembering that “one day I might not be able to do this, today is not that day” was one of my marathon mantras.

  5. Nicola Duncan
    28th March 2019 / 9:06 am

    I am glad not the only one who struggles with motivation! I agree with all your tips- I also find “rewarding” myself at the end of each week if I have managed all my sessions helps. Sometimes this can be getting new kit (currently bribing myself for a pair of pink sunglasses), food (Sunday is often “pizza day”!) or an activity like going to cinema with my other half. And after a block of training I like to reward myself by booking some sort of an adventure…like a weekend away. Bribery basically!!

    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 9:16 am

      Haha Nicola, love your honesty! You work incredibly hard so you deserve all the rewards!

  6. Michael Stewart
    28th March 2019 / 9:17 am

    When I can’t get motivated for a run I just put my running gear on anyway! It’s amazing how that’s all it takes to get me out the door!

    Also when it feels like too much to go out then I don’t think too much about the distance, I just agree to do 5 or10 mins and by that point I don’t care anymore and usually get a good 45min run in

    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 9:20 am

      Yes Michael! I live in lycra so there’s no excuse to pop my trainers on and get out!

  7. Aisling
    28th March 2019 / 9:18 am

    Embrace whatever comes! Don’t fear bad weather, look forward to it. Standing on a hill top in strong winds is invigorating. And running in the rain is cooling. Feel like a badass for being out when others are staying indoors. And if all else fails – new kit will get you out the door!

    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 9:59 am

      Crisp white snow, YES! Pouring rain and gale force winds, not so much, such a wimp! But I agree, when you’re out there you do feel badass!

  8. Mairi
    28th March 2019 / 9:34 am

    Go for a sunrise run – running with the larks is perfect motivation!

    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 9:59 am

      Sunrise running yes! Especially when you time it to perfection and the sun comes up just as you reach the top of a hill!

  9. Rhianon West
    28th March 2019 / 9:56 am

    Hey! My top tip for keeping the energy up over the winter is OATS. Overnight oats, baked oats, good old fashioned porridge, oat cakes! Oats galore of all varieties. Oh and sleep. Early nights!

    Tip for staying motivated during the winter is putting my kit on the radiator!

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    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 10:01 am

      Love this Rhianon! Cosy socks on the radiator is a great tip!

  10. Sehrish
    28th March 2019 / 11:16 am

    For me the best motivator is FOOD! Eg running a 10k around Hyde Park knowing that if I get a decent time /stick to my plan then (and only then) I’m allowed to have a 99 flake at the end

    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 1:21 pm

      YES Sehrish! Maybe you could include an ice cream stop mid-run?!

  11. Sarah Foster
    28th March 2019 / 12:20 pm

    My motivation is knowing that I’ll get a few hours of quiet time doing something I enjoy away from the madness of everyday family life. It makes me happy to be out in the hills and if I’m happy it makes it so much easier to deal with whatever is thrown at me (sometimes literally!) during the rest of the week. Keeping fit is important for keeping up with the kids and being able to take them on great adventures so that they develop a love of the outdoors too; developing a new generation of hill runners and walkers is great motivation!

    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 1:22 pm

      Ooh I love this, inspiring the next generation! To keep the spirit and community of hill running alive!

  12. Louisa Holbrook
    28th March 2019 / 12:40 pm

    Love this! Well I have to agree with your tip to join a club! You know I wouldn’t run up and down hills on my own and love Wild_TR for dragging me up them! And I also agree with new kit! Nothing gets me out of bed or away from work like some new leggings! My tip would be to get / borrow a dog!! Then you have to be outside rain or shine and dogs love to run! Also canicross trails events are so fun!

    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 1:23 pm

      Solo hill training would be so tough! I agree! Dogs can also pull you up much faster I’m sure!

  13. laura wright
    28th March 2019 / 6:02 pm

    Thanks Amy! Lovely post. 🙂 I would say set your alarm and run early in the morning to embrace the quiet beauty of the wee hours, nature, and reflective and joyous energizing space. For me, morning runs start my day right and don’t give me time throughout my day to find excuses like needing to work later, feeling tired, etc etc. Also, yes to scheduling weekend running dates in the hills and trails with run groups and lovely friends, then you get the beauty combo of runs, nature, friends, and treats. Happy running!

    • Amy
      Author
      28th March 2019 / 7:45 pm

      I miss your morning energy Laura! It’s infectious in a good way! Excited for your return in the Summer!

  14. 29th March 2019 / 7:12 am

    I am really looking forward to more of this lovely spring weather. But when it isn’t so welcoming outside, I look forward to things like a hot cup of tea and a warm shower, putting on my PJ’s and sitting under a blanket. Once I’ve been outside in the cold and rain, those things seem even better.

    • Amy
      Author
      29th March 2019 / 9:39 am

      I definitely run, especially in the latter stages, thinking about all the things I can enjoy when I finish! Tea, bath, cosy clothes, I get ya! and so much more rewarding when it’s miserable outside!

  15. Rosi Capper
    29th March 2019 / 11:23 am

    My top tip is to get even more motivated is to introduce a non-running friend to the joy of running! That way you get a real sense of supporting someone to explore something new, you benefit from their pleasure at achieving even small goals as they build up their endurance – and you have a new running buddy who in turn might support you in many ways! And there’s always the anticipation of shared coffee and cake afterwards!!

    • Amy
      Author
      29th March 2019 / 11:27 am

      Thanks Mum! and I know you have many examples of this 🙂

  16. Kate
    29th March 2019 / 11:41 am

    I have treats to motivate myself- book a race somewhere I want to go, even if it is just a parkrun in a new location. Something different to my normal routine helps me stay of track and gives me something to look forward to the wind and rain.

    • Amy
      Author
      29th March 2019 / 11:43 am

      Love a running holiday or staycation! Where’s your favourite parkrun you’ve visited Kate?

  17. Helen R
    29th March 2019 / 7:55 pm

    I write down how I feel after I do a workout so that when I am low on motivation to get up and exercise I can see how it makes me feel to get a good workout in. It works well for me because I get up knowing that at the end of my workout, I will feel amazing!

    • Amy
      Author
      29th March 2019 / 8:11 pm

      Ah such a good tip! I’ve heard of writing a training diary but never thought to go back and look at it to motivate myself. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Fiona McGruer
    1st April 2019 / 9:13 am

    I would DEFINITELY say arranging to meet a friend. That’s the perfect way to still go out at 6am when it’s raining. Even better if the both of you are committed to the same event as you can play cheerleader for each other.

    I also think theres something in learning to appreciate being out in terrible weather – it sometimes makes me feel pretty badass!

  19. Emma S
    3rd April 2019 / 6:34 pm

    I try to take a 15-20 minute walk after work each day – it gives me a chance to decompress and reflect on my daily accomplishments, as well as keeping me physically and mentally refreshed. Now instead of feeling like a chore, it’s become a happy necessity in my routine!

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