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A few days into the new year and it’s time to start thinking about your resolutions for the year ahead – to get fitter, lose weight or tackle that first parkrun, a better time for your next half marathon or maybe just to keep your running going without injuries.
It’s hard to stick to your resolutionse but here are 7 tips to keep it up in the new year.
1. SET A REALISTIC GOAL
When you start running, having a goal is crucial. It gives you something to work towards and allows you to monitor your progress as you go along.
A goal that inspires many runners is to sign up for a race. Depending on your fitness, you can start with a 5 km or 5 mile race. If you start training in January, you can be ready to run a race in March or April!
Want to take on a challenge? Find a running event near you, for example one of the many free park runs popping up everywhere.
2. RUN AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK
Beginners often ask how many times a week they should train. A good rule of thumb is to run at least twice a week – for instance, once during the week and once on the weekend. That leaves two days of rest between sessions so your body has enough time to recuperate.
By contrast, running only once a week your progress will be slow and you’re more likely to give it up because ‘it doesn’t work’.
Need some help setting a balanced training regime? Start a training plan. Why not ask your running coach at RunFit who can help you with your training plan.
3. EMBED RUNNING INTO YOUR SCHEDULE
To stick to your training, you need to make running a part of your everyday routine, whether it’s early in the morning, in the evening or during your day.
Some people benefit from creating a strict routine, while other take advantage of the flexibility that running offers.
In any case, you want it to become a habit. You brush your teeth, you do the dishes, you run. Simple!
4. BUILD UP SLOWLY
Running puts a big strain on your body, so it’s important to build it up slowly. Your general fitness will improve quickly when you start running, but your muscles and tendons will need time to get stronger.
To avoid injuries, start by jogging at a calm pace and alternate this with walking. Including strengthening exercises a few times a week help prevent injuries too. Then add distance, and don’t be tempted to speed up too much. Give your body time to adjust. If you get injured early on, chances are you’ll give it up altogether.
5. RUN IN AN INSPIRING ENVIRONMENT
Try to find an inspiring, natural environment to run in, whether a park or the woods. Especially if you live in an urban environment, it’s much more relaxing to get away from the noise and fumes of traffic.
We are lucky to have so many nice parks and green space in Essex, so make sure you make the most of it!
6. USE THE RIGHT RUNNING GEAR
Having the right running gear not only reduces the chance of injuries, it also prevents you from using the weather as an excuse not to run. There is a wide range of running clothing out there to keep you warm and dry in all types of weather, so a bit of rain shouldn’t deter you.
Also, make sure to get the right shoes for your feet.
7. RUN WITH A PARTNER
Perhaps the best advice for sticking to your newly made running resolution is to buddy up. It’s more fun to run together and you can keep each other motivated.
That’s why many runners join a running club. Chances are you’ll meet other runners working on their New Year’s resolutions!
RunFit Essex are starting our running sessions again on January 4, 2018.
-> Contact us today if you are interested in running with us!