New Year’s Resolutions for Runners
January 2, 2022 12:22 pm / Category: Dana Point
Want to become a better runner in the new year? Of course you do—and we could all use a refresh after a tough 2021. Tens of millions of people made resolutions this year, many of them centered around health and well-being. Let’s use some of the tactics below to help you stick to your resolutions to run more. And when you’re ready, if you’re in OC we offer the BEST running group in OC! We sure hope you can come out and join us any Tuesday. On every last Tuesday of the month, we offer free pizza and beer! All paces, all abilities are welcome. Let’s gooooo!!!
We meet every Tuesday, at 6 pm, at 30100 Town Center Dr, Y/Z, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.
Now — back to those tips…..
1. Enter a Race
This is an obvious one but there’s nothing like a date in your diary and a bit of money forked out on entry fee/travel arrangements to keep you committed to your training. It could be your first race or an attempt to get faster over a distance you’ve raced many times before.
2. Set a Target
Maybe you ran a marathon in 4:10 last year, now you can start planning for the sub-4. Maybe you just want to make the club’s A-team for a relay. Giving yourself a target to aim for can give a little extra motivation in training, and produce an even bigger smile at the finish line knowing all of your hard training paid off!
3. Try Something New
It’s good to have something challenging but also fun. If a road 10k or marathon doesn’t appeal to you, look for something different: a triathlon, a hill race or an ultra-marathon. These are all gaining in popularity and cater for all levels of abilities. If you don’t enjoy running races, then try some new running routes and terrains for variety.
4. Think Laterally
Your goal could simply be to add new elements into your training. All runners can benefit from core stability or other strengthening work. If you’re curious about barefoot or minimalist running, maybe now is a good time to start incorporating a barefoot session into your training program. For more tips on this, see our section on barefoot running.
5. Work On Your Weaknesses
Do you always struggle on hills, get overtaken in a sprint finish, or struggle to maintain your pace over the second half of a race? Identify your weak point and work on it in training.
6. It’s Not All About You!
Make it your project to encourage someone else to run this year. Running is such an accessible way of keeping fit that excuses soon run out! Some people just need a little gentle encouragement, and it can be just as fulfilling to see a friend run their first 5k as it was to run your own first race.
7. Be Realistic
When setting running goals, consider what else is going on in your life in terms of work, family and other commitments. Assess how much time you have available for training and set your goals accordingly. Equally, be prepared to re-adjust your goals if things aren’t going to plan.
8. Dare to Dream
This might slightly contradict the previous point, but sometimes you just have to think BIG. We all need challenges and there’s nothing wrong with setting yourself an ambitious target. It will give you an extra incentive to push harder in training and get the most out of yourself.
Ready to get to your best performance in 2022? Physical therapy prepares your body for whatever it is you want to try next. Let us help you boost your performance while preventing injury. Come meet our team! (949) 276-5401. Check out our Facebook page here. But also come join our Tuesday Night Run group here!