7 Ways to Keep Your Running-Related New Year Resolutions

7-ways-to-keep-your-new-years-resolutionMost of us are great at com­ing up with a list of res­o­lu­tions and are tru­ly excit­ed to get start­ed on them first thing in the morn­ing on Jan­u­ary 1. How­ev­er, most of us fall right back into our old pat­terns and com­plete­ly aban­don or for­get about those res­o­lu­tions by Feb­ru­ary each year. Espe­cial­ly when it comes to exer­cise. Good news for those who set a run­ning-relat­ed New Year res­o­lu­tion though; we’ve com­piled a list of ways to ensure you stick with your goal this year.

Buy Your­self Off
Go get your­self some­thing nice; specif­i­cal­ly, some high qual­i­ty run­ning gear. Get at least one high qual­i­ty out­fit, includ­ing a top, bot­toms, socks, and shoes. Com­pres­sion tights, a run­ning skirt, a hot pink sports bra…whatever will make you feel fast. If you feel fast, you’re feel­ing good, and that’s the stuff that PRs are made of. Just get over the stick­er shock, because the good stuff lasts years and more than pays for itself.

Sign Up For a Race
Even if your res­o­lu­tion is not to com­plete a spe­cif­ic race, hav­ing a set dis­tance and end date to train for will only pro­vide you with addi­tion­al moti­va­tion. Plus, most races cost mon­ey, so you’ll cre­ate a finan­cial invest­ment and oblig­a­tion to ful­fill. Of course, there’s noth­ing wrong with acquir­ing an addi­tion­al train­ing shirt and finisher’s medal either.

Com­mit to a Group or Part­ner
Even those who are able to let them­selves down on a reg­u­lar basis have a much hard­er time let­ting their friends down. Use this guilt trap to your advan­tage. Com­mit­ting to a reg­u­lar run­ning date and/or race with some­one just may be the trick to get you out the door on days you would oth­er­wise wuss out.

Take A ‘Before’ Pic­ture
You know those ‘before and after’ pic­tures you’re always see­ing of peo­ple who lost weight? It’s fun to see the dif­fer­ence, right? It’s just as sat­is­fy­ing to see the frown in their ‘before’ pic­ture turn into a beam­ing, con­fi­dent smile. So why don’t we take ‘before and after’ pic­tures more often in our life? Odds are, peo­ple will be able to see the shift–the pride and satisfaction–in your face after you accom­plish your New Year res­o­lu­tion, whether you lost any weight or not. Even if they can’t, you will, and that’s what real­ly mat­ters. Know­ing that you have a ‘before’ pic­ture will hope­ful­ly excite and moti­vate you through­out the year to work hard and see a big­ger dif­fer­ence in your­self when you final­ly get to take that ‘after’ pho­to.

Face­book it!
And tweet it, Insta­gram it, email it, shout it from the rooftops…whatever. Just share your res­o­lu­tion with as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble. The more peo­ple who know what your goal is, the bet­ter chance some­one will call you on it if you veer off track. It’s much eas­i­er to talk your­self into giv­ing up when the only per­son who knows you failed is you. If hun­dreds of peo­ple are going to ask about it, you’ll far less like­ly to flake out.

Vol­un­teer for Races
We have yet to attend a race where the pos­i­tive ener­gy and enthu­si­asm in the air isn’t pal­pa­ble. The sup­port­ive cama­raderie of run­ners at races is absolute­ly con­ta­gious and guar­an­teed to moti­vate and put you in the right mind­set to attack your run­ning goals, what­ev­er they might be. Besides, every­one ben­e­fits from vol­un­teer work–do your part!

Map it out
Not in the tra­di­tion­al sense that this phrase applies to run­ning; rather, we’re talk­ing about cre­at­ing small­er, more fre­quent, goals that will lead you toward your res­o­lu­tion. Whether you set quar­ter­ly, month­ly, week­ly, or dai­ly goals, you know your­self best and what it will take to keep you on track toward that res­o­lu­tion.

If you were brave enough to set a New Year res­o­lu­tion regard­ing your run­ning, we wish you all the best, safe train­ing, and major kudos when you final­ly accom­plish your goal. This is your year!

By Audra Run­dle