Tea and Inspiration for 2016

I’ve been training my local group of ladies for five years now. What I love the most about working with them is seeing them evolve, physically and mentally. They all began with a 5K race and have gone on to longer distance and races. They encourage and inspire each other; no one is ever left behind.

I like to use them as guinea pigs for trying out new ideas and running drills that I can then confidently use with online clients. One project I’ve been working on for some time is called Inspiration.


Most of you know that I’ve been running for many many years. One of the most important components to my non-stop streak is Inspiration. I like lists. I like rules. I like having a goal and going after it. Achieving the goal is great, but I’m all about the “voyage” and what happens while I’m on my way to getting there.

When I introduced the Inspiration concept to the local ladies they fell in love with it. It’s become the event they most look forward to, pestering me to set a date before each year ends.

It’s fun coming up with new ways to inspire them reach their goals. This year we did Inspiration at my home. I asked them to bring their favourite herbal tea fusion and I supplied the mugs and hot water.


Here’s what we did for Inspiration 2016. If you’d like to try it out, here’s the step-by-step instructions.

1. Think of three running-related goals you want to achieve in 2016.

It can be anything from a total mileage goal, a race distance, or a specific time to aim for. Think of events that inspire you, or get clear with your health goals. Write them down on a piece of paper. I covered a table with paper so that everybody could write directly where they were sitting.

2. Look at your list and circle the one that calls to you most strongly.

You know which one it is 😉

3. In one minute flat, tell someone about your goal and what you need to do to achieve it.

For our Inspiration evening, I had each member take one minute (I timed them!) to tell us about their goal and what they thought they needed to do in order to achieve it. Sharing your goal is a hugely important part of the process. You can do this with a friend or even tell us in the comments below what you have in mind for 2016… we’d love to hear it!


4. Make it pretty!

Take a fresh piece of white paper and draw/write/design design your goal. Go crazy with colour if that’s your thing. Even if you don’t consider yourself crafty or artistically inclined, that’s okay. Even a number in brackets is fine, it’s only for you to look at anyway!

5. Frame your masterpiece like it’s a piece of art.

I bought everyone a 13cm x 18cm picture frame to pop their goal inside. It instantly takes on a whole new importance when framed so carefully and thoughtfully!


5. Wrap it up as a Christmas present and put it under the tree.

Or however you celebrate the season! This is a present for you from you… maybe even the best you’ll get! Let it inspire and anchor you all throughout 2016.


  1. anne
    Just what I need Julia. Thank you! I might have to include finding a group of running ladies in my three running goals.
    • Julia
      Anne, finding other runners is easier than you would think!