As you race into 2020 with our goals, intentions, and resolutions, do you have a game plan in place? Have you set up small milestones that you can celebrate along the way?
Whether your goal is to run a marathon, be a healthier you, or invest in your self-care, the following linked resources that will help you get there. Make sure you reward yourself along the way. Every small step you take is worth celebrating.
Create small goals
If you are just starting out, make it a goal to run to your mailbox one day, then to your neighbors’ the next, then to the stop sign. It’s a mental game you are playing with yourself. A couch to 5K goal can only be achieved one step at a time.
Half marathons year-round and in every state
Destination races are a fun way to work up to big distances. The reward is often the scenery, culture, and excitement of being on location. Once you feel the endorphins from one race, it gives you that extra push to the next. HalfMarathons.net is a resource of half marathons across the United States. Search for them by date or by state. Look for a few in your own hometown to familiarize yourself with running culture without the stress of travel. Look for a few in places you’ve always wanted to visit to make it a fun running vacation.
Join or create a running group
Resolutions and goals are more likely to be reached when done with a group. Having someone with which to share the journey makes it easier and less intimidating. If you don’t have a running group, then find or start one through meetup. It’s a great way to meet like-minded individuals.
Do your research. Here’s a quick checklist to go through before you take off on your first run.
- Are you wearing the right gear? Make sure you have good fitting running shoes, compression socks to help with circulation, and appropriate running clothing for the weather. (Here are a few tips for running in the cold and a few more for running in the heat.)
- Grab something to eat before your run
- Stay hydrated and take a water bottle
- Have a pre-run and post-run plan
- Have fun!