It is so common for anyone to say that they are going to begin running in the new year, and start strong only to taper off when life starts getting too busy. New Year’s Resolutions can be extremely helpful to motivate you to reach the goals that you have, but you need to stick to them. Here’s our guide to making sure that you succeed in your New Year’s Resolutions this year!
Start by Signing Up a Race
This may sound slightly backwards, but bear with us. The reason that you want to do this is that you start with a commitment. When you sign up for a race, you have to choose what distance you want to be able to run and the date that you want to be able to run it by. A race can also give you the motivation that you need to actually follow through with your resolution and to “walk your talk”.
Write Down All of Your Goals
When working on your new year’s resolution, it’s important to write them all down, even the smallest goal you would like to accomplish. Once you have all of your goals set, create a workout plan. This will help give you an understanding of how you will be able to reach those goals that you have set. Place your workout plan in a place where you will see it every day as a reminder to follow through with it.
Often times, when people begin running or start getting into running again. They start very aggressively. Seeing how far they can run or how fast they can run, leaving them too sore the next day, or next couple of days, to accomplish their workout plan. It’s better to start easy and work your way up to more challenging accomplishments. That being said, once you are in your workout routine, it will be important for you to push yourself, and yes feel sore, in order to reach those larger goals that you have.
Don’t Make Excuses
This sounds so cliché, but it’s a rut that we all fall into. So many people are ready for other things that they put before your fitness. They have work, errands, or other busywork that they put in the way. Absolutely, there will always be other things that you can do instead of running, and there will be days when you just don’t feel like it. But just remember, your health always needs to come first. You already made a commitment and you need to be able to do what you set out to do.
Find a Race that You Will Love
Part of the reasons why people love doing races is that they are always so much fun! You can choose a race that works with your fitness level and you will get a cool medal once you accomplish it. When you do a virtual race, you get to run at your own pace, which makes it a great option for any beginner that wants to start running.