So it’s a new year and you’re thinking about starting a new running routine. Taking on a new sport or hobby can be daunting, but let’s break it down to make it manageable, fun, and successful!
Commit To Yourself
The first thing to do when starting a new running routine is commit. That’s really half the battle. Tell yourself you will start running, and mean it. Set your alarm (morning, noon, or night), and get out there.
Check With Your Doctor
Before you begin any new fitness regimen, please get the thumbs up from your doctor or trusted medical professional. It seems silly to say, but it’s always wise to make sure you’re in the right physical condition to start a course of intense exercise.
Do you need the fanciest, most expensive gear? Nope. What you DO need are running shoes (please go get fitted at a reputable running store for the pair that works best for you), running socks, a sports bra (if bras are something you wear), and some sweat-wicking clothes. You can find plenty of solid, budget options at big box stores like Target, on Amazon, or even at places like Kohl’s or Old Navy. Figure out what works before you invest in more expensive gear.
Pro Tip: I recommend a RoadID (affiliate link) band or tag with emergency contact and medical info, just in case.
Choose A Training Plan
There are so many training plans available, for every level of fitness, and speed and distance goals. Pick one that works for you, and then do your best to stick to it. Schedule your runs and training in your calendar or training journal, and be as dedicated as you can.
Log Your Miles
I always feel more motivated when I see my miles adding up. You can use a smart watch, an app like RunKeeper, pull from your treadmill stats, or tally them manually. It’s a great feeling to see how far you’ve come!
Honor Your Rest Days
While new fitness regimens are thrilling, it’s important to build in time for rest and recovery. Doing too much too fast is a sure path to boredom, burnout, and even injury, so take it easy when your plan advises.
Register For That Race
You’re doing the work and now it’s time to reap the rewards. Register for a race! It can be anything from a big, national marathon, to a small, local 5k. Get in there for something that feels right and exciting to you! Having a race on the calendar is a great motivator and alwayhhelps me work harder towards my goal.
What are your tips for starting a new running routine?
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Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
Having a plan and keeping track of your runs is so helpful! It is definitely motivating to see the miles add up once you start running consistently.
Deborah Brooks says
Starting slow and steady and having a plan is so helpful for new runners. My couch to 5K group did well having each other to chat with and motivate them.
Darlene Cardillo says
I checked them off.
Most important to me is to be accountable. So plan those runs and stick to it.
Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says
I think making that commitment is the biggest step! Really knowing your why helps you get to the how!