2015 New Year’s Resolutions for Runners
Human beings can be extremely resistant to change. The psychological explanation is related to feelings of loss of control, fear of the unknown and a fear of failure. According to this list of popular New Year’s resolutions published by the US Government, most people want to get fit, lose weight, quit smoking, save money, eat healthy food or manage stress and debt. But what about runners – people who push themselves to their limits every day? Here are some resolutions specifically designed for runners.
Set a Target
Maybe you ran a half-marathon in 2:00 in 2014. Now you can start a running schedule aiming for sub-2. Or maybe you want to lose weight. The trick is to set very specific, measurable targets. For example, ”I want to lose 5 kilos in 90 days”. It’s easier to plan a strict program when you have a specific goal in mind. You need a program that actually works.
The perfect time to make a change is right now. Or more precisely, the moment that you feel the need to make the change.
Start planning now. Start running now. 2015 has started.
Have you started?
Change Your Diet
As runners we put a lot of pressure on our bodies so it’s important we are eating the right foods and nutrients to keep our bodies fit and strong.
Running is about being better and striving for more. It is part of the human nature and running comes very natural. Go head, choose some healthy fuel for your body and see how it goes.
Aim for the sub-4 marathon, but don’t rely only on running workouts only. Change your diet.
Set A 5k Personal Best
Doing speedwork is an extremely tough job, but it is necessary for maintaining good stamina over time. Run hard, but in control, for 400 meters. Rest for 30 seconds and start again. Aim for 4-8 repeats in total.
Do push-ups every day. Upper-body strength is crucial for boosting your speed. A 5k is nothing more than a long sprint, and you need to drive forward with your arms. You have to tap into the power required to run efficiently for 5000 meters.
Aim for a 5k personal best. Running is not only about marathons and long distances.
Run Your First Half-Marathon
After doing your best in a 5k race, it’s time to move on. A half-marathon is accessible to anyone and it’s a great one to include in your New Year’s Resolutions list for 2015.
Sign up for an event that is taking place nearby and is at least 3 months away. A local race is best as that way it will be easier for your folks to come with you, cheer you on and celebrate with you afterwards.
Share your plan on social networks like Facebook – it is much harder to back out when you’ve told others about your intentions.
Don’t forget to try the Airia One shoes. A half-marathon is still an endurance event and demands well-designed shoes.
Inspire Other People
It’s not all about you! Raise the level of commitment and motivation among your friends. Inspire others to beat their personal bests. Make it your project to encourage your family and friends to run in 2015.
Running is the cheapest way of keeping fit. It is extremely accessible and you can easily convince your friends that they don’t need professional equipment to start. Some people just need some gentle words, and it can truly be fulfilling to see a friend run their first 5k or 21k as it was to run your own first race.
Good luck with your New Year’s running resolutions. We hope you achieve your own personal objectives in 2015!