The New Year is upon us, let’s resolve to celebrate what we want to see more of. Just a few days of 2015 remain, so let’s take a look at some resolutions that a runner can stick to, and benefit from!
Not surprising this is at the top of our list, right? Supporting a charity whose mission you are passionate about is one of the best resolutions you can make, year after year. Do some research (well, you’re already here, so might as well check out some of our events and our mission to get you started!) and find some organizations that you’re interested in and find out what they need and how it fits your schedule and budget. Then, simply commit!
This might be one of the most challenging in this short list, and it may not work for those in training (those pesky off days). If you’re up for the challenge, try an run streak like one of our Ambassadors. Run at least one mile a day, until you can’t. Get a group of friends to join you and have a friendly competition, use the buddy system for extra motivation. Document your experience on social media for accountability. Don’t be too hard on yourself though, injuries and illnesses happen, and rest is needed. You can always start again once you’re feeling better.
You don’t have to get fancy or crazy with this one. Try taking a tiny step away from your go-to foods by taking a common ingredient you use and finding new recipes that incorporate that ingredient. See? Easy. Love sweet potatoes? Instead of eating simply as a side, baked with butter, try incorporating them into a green drink (they blend like a dream once baked), or in a soup or salad. Reach out to your friends and colleagues who like to cook (or think they want to try) to exchange recipes and talk tastes - you might be surprised by what you discover you like. Another great idea is go vegetarianor vegan, even if you do it just one day a week (Meatless Mondays!). It's always a good idea to incorporate different proteins into your diet, and the extra veggies and fruits definitely don't hurt!
This might be run of the mill as far as runners’ resolutions go, but it’s here because it’s a good one, and it keeps you from following your run of the mill training routines. You have to do at least one thing differently in order to run a better race, so set your sights on improving one or two facets of the bigger picture. Start by reflecting on past races to find the areas you could improve upon. It can be easy to go overboard, so always be realistic when setting expectations.
Easier said than done, right? We suggest first hitting up all your triathlon friends for some tips and to borrow some gear to get started (or at least get some advice on the essentials). You may have to tackle (or suppress) your fear of open water, but we promise your motivation will be invigorated by setting a goal that involves a new sport. You’ll meet new people and may just find your athletic goal for 2017.
How many times a year do you say something like, “Man, I have been meaning to try yoga…”? Well it’s about time you actually did it. Yoga has about a million positive benefits, not only for your running but for your whole self. It takes some serious patience as well as strength, both mentally and physically, but you will not be sorry.
If the other ideas aren't quite your cup of tea, just focus on making each day better than the last. We know, sometimes that just isn't possible, but it's a good goal, anyway. This is going to be your best, healthiest year yet, we can feel it.