Get a Head Start on Your 2021 Running Goals
Here’s to hoping that in-person races are all the rage in 2021. Even if they are not, and virtual racing is still the primary venue, now is the time to build a steady, solid running base. Start working on your pace, strengthen your core, and make your training a habit while the temperature outside is at its absolute best.
Become the best runner you can be
You are only competing against yourself. Whether you are trying to beat your own personal record, attempting a new distance or working to get in better shape, the competition is you. You are your biggest cheerleader as well as your biggest competition.
With this in mind, it is important to focus on your habits. Our habits form the foundation of our success and can also create cracks in that foundation. One of the best things you do for your running goals is to create habits that make you a more effective runner. The goal is to wake up every morning and be 1% better than the day before. Over time, that 1% adds up quickly.
Let’s take a look at a few running tips and ideas around how to choose healthy habits.
Run in the morning
Life gets crazy busy fast. If you don’t make running a priority, then you might not get to it.
Find a routine and stick to it. When you stick to a day-to-day routine you grow in small increments that add up big over time. Start slowly, gradually building on where you are now to get to where you want to be.
Running in the morning prioritizes your run as the first thing you do every day. It tells the rest of the world that this is important to you. It also jump-starts your day with some pretty amazing endorphins.
If this isn’t realistic, find a time that is. Don’t let anything take its place or bump it off the calendar. Your run needs to become as routine as getting dressed. Create a habit that proceeds it and tells your body now is the time to go for a run!
You need more than one goal to get from here to there
Chances are you have one big overarching goal. Perhaps it is a big race in the spring, a weight-loss challenge, or an increase in speed or distance. Whatever your one big goal is, write it down and put it where you can see it every day.
But don’t stop there. To get from where you are today to where you want to be, you’ll need a variety of goals along the way.
You need to set good and SMART running goals. To do this, you need to think long term and short term.
Ask yourself, what is the big lifetime running goal I want to achieve? Perhaps it is running in, or even winning, a marathon.
To accomplish this, you’ll need to set some checkpoints along the way, helping you move in the right direction. Much like you have an annual performance review at work, set up annual performance goals for your run. These allow you to make course corrections to your training if necessary.
Annual goals are great, but you also need short term goals to stay motivated. It’s impossible to reach the finish line if we ignore the steps along the way. Short goals can be as simple as running a mile every day, weight training twice a week, or going for a long run once a month.
Take good care of you
Running takes a toll on your body. We’re talking blisters, cramps, pulled muscles, overuse, burnout, swollen ankles, and more.
There is only one you. You aren’t replaceable. Your body is your greatest instrument in achieving your running goals, and it requires proper care.
In order to take care of your body, here are a few things you have to take into consideration:
- Eat food that fuels your run and your body
- Wear the proper gear
- Stretch before and after the run
- Listen to your body
- Do more than just run, strength train
- Take the time you need to recover
- Get a good night’s sleep
Find an accountability partner
Going it alone is always an option, but it’s not always a successful one. Having someone to run with or check in with daily helps you stay focused on your goal. Knowing someone is going to check in on you and make sure you didn’t slack off today is often the motivation we need to get out of bed on those days we just don’t want to move.
It is said that the ten closest people we associate with predict who we will become. Are the people you’ve surrounded yourself with distracting you from your goal or encouraging you forward?
When you exercise or train with others you are more likely to stick with the routine. If you don’t have many running friends in your life, now’s the time to make a few. There are plenty of running groups to get involved with. You just need to know where to look.
Dehydration leads to cramps and a whole host of other problems. Drink water. Every part of your body needs it.
If you wait until you are running to think about your water intake, it’s too late. You need to build a habit of drinking water all day long. Ditch the sugar drinks and reach for a glass of H2O. You’ll be glad you did when you hit the trail.
Dress for success
This goes beyond wearing the proper gear. If you want to work your way into a new goal, start dressing like you’ve already arrived!
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