It’s time for another Austin-area family medicine 101 class! It’s that time of year again – for many of us, a new year means it’s time to reflect on the past while making plans for a better future. Resolutions are a great way to put new focus on improving ourselves in a variety of ways. If you’re a runner or are thinking about taking up running, we’ve got a few suggestions to add to your resolutions list. Read on for our thoughts on how to be better runners in 2019!
- Buy a great (not just good) pair of running shoes … and replace them at the recommended time. Don’t let your body aches remind you to get that new pair – keep track of your mileage and let that be the determining factor.
- Drink at least a liter of plain ‘ole water EVERY day. There is nothing better for your body than water – it helps with weight loss and keeping body tissues healthy. You may actually need more than a liter every day, especially if you’re sweating much of it out with runs – but a liter is a great start.
- Don’t just run. Push yourself. Go for an intense run at least once a week. But don’t overdo it, either. Make sure you listen to your body, and push yourself in small increments. But don’t settle for making the same old run every week.
- Compete in a different type of race than you’ve previously done. Whether it’s location, terrain, distance or speed – shake up your competition routine. Running is a great reward in itself, but a new challenge will get you excited to push your limits.
- Talk about your running goals. Share your resolutions and goals with friends, family and coworkers. The more you talk about them, the more excited you’ll find yourself and the more likely you’ll actually follow through with them. Not only that, but you may get others interested enough to join in the fun too!
- It’s easy to think you’ll be able to remember the time and distance of your runs, but we’ve all got a lot going on in our minds. It’s likely the exact details will escape us, which makes measuring progress very challenging – unless you’re writing it down. So buy a journal and keep it accessible for after a run. It’s great to see on paper the progress you’ll make, and it’s a lot easier to set and adjust your goals with evidence of your past performances in front of you.