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Recently I’ve posted about mountain marathons,  the key to enjoying fell running is good fitness. The trouble is it can be hard to get up and out and get training. I’ve decided to put together a list of tips for getting out of the house and keeping motivated.

Train with a friend
Its definitely much easier to get out onto the hills for a walk or a run if you have a friend harassing you to come out with  you or someone you don’t want to disappoint.

Ignore the weather
A little bit of rain never hurt anyone so don’t let that be an excuse just make sure you dress appropriately and have the right gear.

Make a routine and stick to it
Make a training plan and try your best to stick to it, being organised here really does help.  Its very easy to skip 3 or 4 training sessions after missing just one to start.

Be organised
Make it easy to find all your outdoor gear and make sure it is clean. Not being able to find a clean pair of socks could eat up 15 minutes of your training session so have “a place for everything and everything in its place!”

Mix things up
Doing the same route week in and week out can get boring so try them other way around or plan something different. If you’re feeling too sore to train then why not focus on something else like navigation while your body gets a chance to recover.

Good gear
Being comfortable and having the right gear for the event helps massively and getting a new pair of running shoes or a fancy hydration system will make you want to get out and test them out.

Have a goal
Make sure you have a goal to aim for whether this be training for a mountain marathon or training for specific route or time.

Have fun
For me this is the most important factor, there is no point putting yourself through rigorous training if you don’t enjoy at least some of it. Think about ways to make your training more enjoyable, this will help you keep up the training and make it seem like less of a chore.

Thats all for now, hopefully it will help some of you get out and get training unfortunately you still have all the hard work yourselves.  Just be sure to enjoy yourself.

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