Millions of people commit to a healthier lifestyle each January. If your resolution is to become a runner in this new year, we want to help you maintain your enthusiasm and successfully reach your goals. Here are a few tips to help you stick to your resolution of becoming a runner.
Start slow and gradually increase your distance and pace.
Warm up with 5 minutes of brisk walking and then gradually mix walking and running. Try running for 1 minute, walking for 2 minutes and repeating. As you become more comfortable running, lengthen the time you do it. There are smartphone apps and plans available to help you progress through this process, such as Couch to 5K.
Set specific goals.
Setting specific, measurable, and attainable goals can help you stay motivated and on track. For example, you could set a goal to run a 5K race, or to increase your running distance by a certain amount each week.
Find a running buddy.
Having a running buddy can provide motivation, accountability, and a sense of camaraderie. You can help each other stay on track and push each other to reach your goals. We recommend you check out Palm Beach Roadrunners.
Track your progress.
Keeping a running journal or using a running app to track your distance, time, and pace can help you see your progress and stay motivated. It’s also a great way to set and track your goals. Consider using a fitness watch. We carry Garmin running watches in our store and can show you some options that offer features to help you track your progress. Pair your device(s) with an app that gives you additional metrics. Our favorite is Strava.
Consistency is key when it comes to running. Try to run at least a couple of times a week, and be consistent with your training schedule. This will help you build endurance and improve your running performance.
Listen to your body.
Allow yourself to have rest days and don’t push yourself too hard. If you do experience pain or injury, take a break and consult a doctor or physical therapist. It’s important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard.
Do more than just run.
Mix up your running routes to keep things interesting and prevent boredom. Incorporate strength and flexibility training into your routine to prevent injury. Don’t forget to shop at your favorite run store to get fitted for a great pair of running shoes. This ensures comfort and helps prevent injury.
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Remember that progress takes time and it’s okay to have bad days. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss a run or don’t reach a goal. Just keep going and try again. Remind yourself of the benefits of running, such as improved cardiovascular health and stress relief.
Reward yourself for reaching your goals, whether it’s a new pair of running shoes (from your favorite run shop), a massage or a nice dinner. This will help you stay motivated and make the journey more enjoyable.
Remember, becoming a runner is a journey, not a destination. Be patient, stay consistent, and enjoy the process. Happy running!