HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED TO TRAIN THROUGH WINTER

Winter is coming and as Jon Snow keeps reminding us, we all better prepare. But contrary to popular belief, it’s not just physical strength we should be focusing on, because mental toughness is what’s really going to kick you into gear when your alarm goes off at 5am on a dark and frosty winter morning.

Despite any reservations you may have about winter, it really is the best time to get stuck into training, so in an effort to help you from giving in to the sweet siren call of your snuggly doona, we’ve compiled a list of tips that will help keep your motivation high and alive.

  1. Embrace the weather

If you’ve experienced a harsh Aussie summer, then you understand that running in 38 degree heat is not ideal – suddenly winter isn’t looking to bad! Not only is it easier to exercise when the temperature drops, but you’re far less likely to suffer from heat exhaustion and throw in the towel. Added bonus: the cold air feels great against your skin once you get warm.

  1. Practical Clothing

We’ve all been there before and jumped the gun on the layering. Rugging up in a singlet, tee, jumper and scarf seems logical at first, but as your run progresses you start to get warmer and warmer and you are left trying to find places to hang layers of clothes whilst still running. Utilize clothes that use high tech fabrics, such as Brooks Infinity Running LS Tee, and always dress knowing that you WILL warm up.

  1. Grab a friend

You don’t have to go it alone, finding a friend to join is one of the easiest ways to hold yourself accountable because, a) cancelling on a friend last minute is not cool and, b) you’ll kill two-birds with one stone by socialising and exercising at the same time!

  1. Reward Yourself

Treat yourself! Don’t be afraid to reward yourself at the end of a run. It’s a great achievement, so allow yourself to have that delicious coffee or nourish yourself with a big warm breakfast.

Have you got any tips or tricks to keep motivated in winter? Let us know in the comments below or share your winter morning snaps with us on Facebook and Instagram by using #BestTimeBNE

Best Brisbane training tracks

We’ve all heard that old saying ‘variety is the spice of life’, but did you know this notion can also be applied to our exercise training routines too? Mixing up where and how you move not only keeps us from falling into a results plateau, but it also keeps things fun and fresh to help ensure you stay motivated along every step of the way, ensuring to make it to your end goal.

So whether you’re training for the 5km or 10km course, we’ve uncovered some of Brisbane’s best running tracks that’ll see you smashing out PB’s in no time! A mix of high and low intensity, this list has something for runners of all fitness levels. Ready, set, GO!

1.) Kangaroo Point Stairs

Located at the eastern end of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the 107 long flight stairs will seriously push your fitness to soaring new heights, but don’t worry – you’ll be rewarded when you get to the top with one of the city’s most spectacular views making it all totally worth it. This high intensity workout spot is the perfect place to ramp up your strength and endurance to ensure you smash through those last few kilometres on the big day.

2.) Eildon Hill Reservoir

The Eildon Hill Reservoir is a quaint little spot nestled on the highest perch of Wilston, Windsor and the Grange. Surrounded by the steep, winding hills of Wilston, this track boasts the perfect mix of inclines and declines – hello interval training! Remember to bring your iPhone… the view from on top of the reservoir is definitely a place you can snap a pretty epic Instagram shot.

3.) Brisbane River Circuit

This one is not too hard to find and comes down to how far you wish to run, a fully customisable course, this track gives you stellar views of Brisbane’s CBD, River, Story Bridge and luscious green Southern Bank. With running and cycling tracks up and down the river, this track is the perfect spot for a post-work run to get you in the zone for the real challenge.

4.) Mt Beerwah

Mt Beerwah is back in business and ready to be conquered. Jump in the car, hit the highway and get set for a high intensity work out like no other. With beautiful views at the summit and astonishing flora and fauna to boot, Mt Beerwah will push you and your fitness to your limits.

What’s your go-to training spot in Brisbane? Let us know in the comments below.

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What’s new for Bridge To Brisbane in 2016?

They say change is as good as a holiday and here at Bridge to Brisbane Day HQ, we tend to agree, which is why we’re SO excited to let you in on some of the changes to race day in 2016 that will have you putting Bridge to Brisbane Day at the top of your bucket list!

TWO BRAND NEW ICONIC COURSES

10km

Kicking off near the top of Roma Street Parklands in Spring Hill, the 10km route will take you over not one… but THREE iconic Brisbane bridges (have your Instagram open and at the ready for this one… and make sure you use #BestTimeBNE while you’re at it!). But wait, there’s MORE! You’ll also power through two tunnels before crossing the finish line in scenic South Bank for a day full of fun. Post-race, all Bridge to Brisbane Day runners will be treated to a selection of ‘Bib-ileges’ from select venues on Little Stanley Street. Find out more about the new 10km course right here.

5km

The Story Bridge will be closed to become a highlight of Bridge to Brisbane Day runners in 2016. Beginning at Captain Burke Park, 5km runners with pound over the iconic Story Bridge, before looping back through Kangaroo Point and descending down to South Bank to cross the finish line in your best time ever. Find out more about the new 5km course right here.

FINISHER VILLAGE AND EXCLUSIVE ‘BIB-ILEGES’

This year the fun doesn’t stop when the race does – you can celebrate the beauty of Brisbane for the entire day in our brand new ‘Finishers Village’. South Bank will come alive with their much loved selection of restaurants and retailers who will be offering race goers exclusive bib privileges… a.k.a ‘Bib-ileges’ to enjoy and treat yourself with after the race.

EARLY BIRD ENTRIES – 30,000 RUNNER CAP

Early bird entries are now OPEN and will be available until Sunday 3 July, so if you want to ensure you score yourself a spot at Brisbane’s best day… hop to it –the 2016 event is strictly capped at 30,000 participants.

So what are you waiting for? Enter now and get set for a day full of fun and fitness and find out why Bridge to Brisbane Day is Brisbane’s most celebrated fun run.

…And once you’ve started your Bridge to Brisbane Day journey, keep us up to date by using #BestTimeBNE across Facebook and Instagram!

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