10 New Year’s Resolutions For Runners

Jan 05 2015 0 Comments January 2015

Run Marathon Resolutions
  1. Always wear your reflective running vest or reflective belt when running to increase your visibility on the road no matter what the weather or time of day. Your safety and the safety of those around you is key to successful training.
  2. Work out a realistic weekly timetable and stick to it. It is far easier to keep to a timetable if you can see it in black and white and perhaps tick off each day.
  3. Introduce cross training into your running programme. A strong runner needs flexibility, endurance, strong core muscles and general fitness. Consider adding yoga, Pilates or Callantics to your exercise programme. Keep a log of your weekly workouts for both running and cross training so you can see where you need to cut back or increase certain aspects of training.
  4. Look at your diet and see where you can improve it. Cut down on alcohol if you feel you are overindulging and if you smoke, perhaps you should consider giving it up. Make sure you are eating a good wholesome diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and cut out all convenience and fast foods.
  5. Set goals – perhaps it will be a 5 km run, a half-marathon or a full marathon or you may want to introduce another sport into your life, such as running or swimming. This addition to your sporting life may lead you to try a triathlon in a few years time.
  6. Encourage a couch potato friend to take up running. We all know someone who has an aversion to exercise but with a little gentle persuasion and initial gentle walking, that friend will be enjoying his/her runs a couple of month down the line.
  7. Try and run with green around you a couple times a week. If you live in a city, it is often hard to find somewhere which is green and peaceful so try and run in a park or somewhere out in the open at least once a week to recharge body, mind and soul.
  8. Go to the sales and buy yourself some new running gear and donate your   old gear to a worthy cause. There are many organisations out there that support sporting bodies who promote sport for the underprivileged who will be delighted with your old gear.
  9. Stay hydrated. It is so important and yet it is something many of us forget when we are running. Make sure you are fully hydrated before you start your run and take fluid with you to maintain hydration during your run. Then, after your cool down, drink more water.
  10. Enjoy yourself. Some of us are so busy setting goals that we forget the reason we initially started running and how quickly we became addicted to the highs that accompany it. Running is fun and enables us to feel content with our lot.


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