Ten Running Resolutions For the New Year

I have been running off and on now since I joined the high school cross country team when I was 13 years old. During the off seasons in high school and college, I really didn’t run much. Now I am over ten years removed from my college running days, and I have to really work hard to find time to run.

Every year one of my New Years Resolutions has to do with running. Some years have been more successful than others. I was a great success in 2008. Why? Well, I set some smart goals and stuck to them. This year, I am going to do even better, and so can you.

Here are ten great ideas to help you stick to your running resolution.

1. Get a running buddy. There is strength in numbers, and what a great way to get in shape. You can share your experiences with a friend. Nothing is more motivating than knowing your friend is waiting for you to workout.

2. Join a running club. This is similar to the previous tip, but you can end up with numerous workout partners. In addition to running more, you can develop some friendships that could last a lifetime. My best friend is a teammate of mine from high school cross country. Another running friend I have is my wife. We met when I coached cross country on the boys team, and she was a coach for the girls.

3. Enter in some races. It always helps to have a race looming in the future to keep you motivated. I think the best way to enter in races is to find ones that have cool routes. Find some races and put them on your calendar. I live in Wisconsin, and a friend of mine entered in three races last year. One finished in Miller Park, the Brewers baseball field. The second finished in Camp Randall, the Wisconsin Badgers football field, and the final race finished on Lambeau Field, the Packers football field.

4. Become a coach. I coach cross country because I love the sport, and because I can run with the kids. I don’t have to worry about motivating myself to run when practice is scheduled every school day.

5. Make sure you have time in your schedule for running. Always plan your workouts. Make them a priority. This way, no matter what comes up, you will always have time to run.

6. Set smart goals. Don’t plan on setting any world records. Have an ultimate goal like, “I will run a half-marathon in November.” Make this a possibility by setting smart goals every week such as, “I will run four times this week.” Make sure you make 52 smart goals, one new one for every week.

7. Get a dog that likes to run. There are dog breeds out there that like to run a couple miles a day. How could you resist the sad puppy dog eyes of your best friend wanting to go out for a jog. Make sure you have a dog breed that likes to run though. Don’t force your basset hound into a four miler.

8. Run first thing in the morning. If you plan on running right away, nothing can interfere with your workout. Stuff always comes up later in the day to stop your workout, but not if it is before work.

9. Find great places to run. Look for state parks, trails that go by famous landmarks, or even go on exploratory runs to find new routes.

10. Make it fun! Run with a silly hat on. Run with your camera and take pictures of the things you see along the way. Run to the store and back. Chase your kids around the house. Ring your friend’s doorbell and run.

I hope you found some good ideas here to help you stick to your running resolution. Maybe I’ll see you out there running this year. Please, just don’t ring my doorbell. Happy New Year!

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Take care – David Tiefenthaler

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