Running is a popular New Year’s resolution, but without a plan, you may find it tricky to stick to it. If you’ve decided that 2018 is the year you’ll finally get your running shoes on, take a look at these top tips on how to follow through with that running New Year’s resolution.
- START SMALL
Everyone needs to start somewhere: put your trainers on, get outside and set realistic goals. To get started, join your local running club (PENKRIDGE RUNNERS) this will motivate you to keep on going with a group of like-minded people. Its proven that running with a group will help you stick to your plan because you do not want to let other people down – you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can run without stopping.
2. GET THE RIGHT KIT
All you need is a good pair of trainers, leggings and a thermal top and you’re good to go! Buying new training gear will give you a confidence boost and can really be that added push to keep you motivated – it’s always great to look and feel your best while running! With dark mornings and evenings, some reflective clothing to keep you visible is a great way to stay safe.
3. MONITOR YOUR PROGRESS
I love keeping a training diary – it allows me to see the improvements I’m making every week. Plus, it will keep you motivated to continue pursuing your goals.
- DRINK MORE WATER
Hydration is key. Keep those muscles loose by staying hydrated.
5. RUN WITH A BUDDY
When the cold, winter months take over, the best way to stay motivated is to find a running buddy! Knowing that you’re meeting someone else for a run keeps you motivated and it will be exciting to share your running journey with someone else.
6. ENTER A RACE
There is nothing quite like having a date set in the diary to keep you driving towards your goal. It could be your first ever 5k, 10K or even a half marathon if you’re feeling adventurous. It will certainly keep you committed to the program that you set yourself.
- BE PATIENT
Being patient is key – success doesn’t happen overnight. It’s easy to get frustrated in the early stages of a running program but remember to enjoy it. With every step you’re discovering new limits and becoming stronger each time you lace up your trainers and head out the door.
- ASK FOR ADVICE
The best way to keep motivated in a new running program is to decide on your goals and find the right advice to help you achieve them. It could be from family or friends or your local running club, PENKRIDGE RUNNERS !
DREAM, BELIEVE, COMMIT, ACHIEVE