I’ve spoken about motivational goals and the importance pushing those little incremental gains to improve your overall running game and fitness before.
And, there is no better time of the year to set some goals (and stick to them) than the New Year. Most of us make resolutions, right?
Setting the right goals is the key of course. They need to be motivational, achievable, and most of all fun.
If you look back at the year just gone and honestly evaluate how far you’ve come, I bet it’s more positive than thought, or at least I hope so.
So make this year an even better one to look back on. Give it some structure to how you’re going to approach running and reap the benefits as a result.
Here are some New Year’s running goal resolutions ideas to give you that extra push and reason to hit the pavement in the New Year.
New Year’s Running Goal Resolutions for 2018
Run More This Year Than Last
This is always the easiest goal with the best the results. Just running more than you did the previous year will make a huge difference to all of your metrics, from fastest times to fitness.
Just schedule an extra run into the calendar per week, or month if you want to start off slower.
Still, continue at a pace you’re comfortable with. Don’t head down a path to burn out early in the year.
Enjoy the New Year First
As much as I’m banging home about starting off on the right foot and tightening up your running schedule, I recommend enjoying the New Year to its fullest and not stressing over running.
Remember the other keyword I used in the opening comments, ‘fun.’ It’s an important part of being and staying motivated, so don’t let a run get in the way of a little drink, food, and partying!
Register for a Race/Marathon
If last year you thought about taking part in a public race, this year you’re putting your name down. And, you’re doing it soon so you have a date in the diary to work towards.
If your goal is a marathon I covered some useful prepping tips here. Any kind of race is fine though, no matter the difficulty. The point is having something set in stone to work towards.
If you took part in a race last year try and sign up for the same one and set a better time.
Meet Fellow Runners
If you haven’t yet joined a group or community of fellow runners in your area, why not? Running of all levels is more fun with friends.
You’ll find support, motivation, and above all meet some interesting people I bet. Groups a just a simple Google search or phone app away. Just takes a minute, give it a try.
Run Smarter Not Harder
Did you spend any time on the sidelines last year due to injuries? Aches and pains getting you down and holding you back?
Work on warming up longer and smarter, listen to your body more, get quality rest and nutrition, and you’ll see and feel the benefits as a result.
A happier and healthier you means you will enjoy hitting the pavement more and reap the results too.
Be Smarter When Not Running
The hard physical work is done when you are out there running, the smart work that compliments this is done when you’re not running.
Nutrition and rest are two of the other important elements that have a direct effect on your results.
Try working on getting better quality sleep and eating healthier to add a few more percentage points to the results you’re seeing in how you look and hoe you’re performing.
Setting and achieving goals is one of the most rewarding things we do. If running is your passion then it makes sense to attach some goals as we are always aiming to make improvements.
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is of course weight loss. While targeting weight loss specifically has one of the highest failure rates for resolutions, shedding the lbs while running is going to happen anyway which is a bonus if not the main goal.
Hopefully, these ideas have helped you pencil some goals down and give you target and areas to work on.
Happy New Year and good luck to you in the coming months!