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7 Secrets to Achieving Your Running Resolutions

Running Resolutions
You know the drill. January 1st rolls around and you're pumped about your new fitness and diet plan. You get so wrapped up in all the drastic changes, that come February, you're back to the old routine. I've been guilty of it myself. This year, make a point to create specific and realistic resolutions to keep yourself from feeling like you didn't achieve your goal. Resolutions are great to make and they can give you something to focus on throughout the year. Coach Jenny met with me to discuss how to make resolutions you can keep this year. Coach Jenny is the creator of WalkJogRun's training plans, now available for free on the website. Here are the key secrets to keeping your running resolution this year. Don't forget to listen to the podcast for a more detailed description of each secret!

  1. Start with a specific and realistic goal. Goals that are too lofty don't stick and can be overwhelming. Go with a realistic goal and aim low.
  2. Start your journey from where you are rather than where you want to be. The number one reason most people fail in achieving their goals is they transition too quickly.
  3. Follow a realistic training program. The number one way to reach a running goal is to follow a training program that matches your current level of fitness and building from there.
  4. Break it down. Break your resolution into a few smaller, more digestible pieces (check points) throughout the year.
  5. Think evolution not revolution. Change takes time. Getting active and losing weight are fantastic goals, but they take time. Put your mini goals into your calendar and focus on them one at a time.
  6. Connect with other like-minded runners. Research has shown that when we exercise with others, we go farther and faster than alone. Plus, the community is a built in source for friendship, accountability and support.
  7. Celebrate along the way. Every accomplishment is an opportunity to celebrate yourself. With every stride, you run closer to who you are and farther away from the things that have held you back in life. Give yourself a high-five, share the joy with your friends over dinner and make it a colorful and memorable piece to your running mosaic.
  8. What are your goals for 2012? We'd love to hear your own running resolutions!

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