Keeping Your New Year’s Running Resolutions Going

Where into February and the excitement of running your first 5K, 10k, half marathon or marathon may have already lost some of its luster that shone so brightly in late December/early January. Have no fear! In Ian Sample’s 2009 article in The Guardian entitled “New year’s resolutions doomed to failure, say psychologists” he discusses not about running resolutions but resolutions in general, and why so many people fail at keep them. In the article he states:

…people who kept their resolutions tended to have broken their goal into smaller steps and rewarded themselves when they achieved one of these. They also told their friends about their goals, focused on the benefits of success and kept a diary of their progress.

So for this to make sense on running resolution, here are some quick tips to continue having success with your running resolution:

  1. Make a manageable running goal – if you said you were going to run everyday when you were previously not running at all, then you are setting yourself up for failure. Tell yourself this week I’m going to run/walk at least 1 to 2 times, next week 2 times, the following week 2 to 3 times and so forth. This makes it more reasonable. If you’re just starting out on the running front then you need to ease into it – this is good emotionally and to eliminate the likelihood of injury.
  2. Keep a running log. This is an excellent way to keeping your running goals at the forefront of your mind. You are more likely not to miss a run or talk yourself out of running if you are keeping some sort of running journal.
  3. Choose a race and sign up. Pick a local 5k if your a runner-newbie and run/walk it. Give yourself at least 6-weeks of training of running minimally three times a week and you’ll be fine. Races give you a goal, even if the goal is just to participate. Once you complete your first 5k you’ll want to do another – promise.
  4. Give yourself credit when you go on a run. Don’t beat yourself up for the runs you’ve missed or couldn’t do. Make yourself a deal like if I run 3x this week I will get myself a new pair of running shoes or running outfit.
  5. Get friends/family to run with you. Even if they will only do a lap with you on the track or run a block or two with you, it will be good for your psyche and theirs as well. You may become someone’s motivation to get in shape and that will breed confidence in you.

Keep up the good work and focus with your running – you’ll see in no time how far and fast you can go if you stay consistent. Enjoy the journey…

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