Wow, the month came and went so quickly. Tomorrow we get to start a new year fresh with no mistakes in it, as Anne Shirley/Miss Stacey would say.
Since I realize most people will be really busy today and tomorrow, you have until January 2nd at 9AM to log your miles and comment on this post to be entered in the prize drawing. The top two mileage for marathon and ultramarathon challengers will automatically receive a prize, and 3 challengers that comment will be selected at random to receive a prize.
The questions, responding to one or both is fine!
-running goal for 2009? or
-your favorite running song of 2008?
–Sign up for a race: this was the definitive starting point of my running/jogging journey. Find local 5k and sign up with a friend to keep you motivated, committed and excited.
–Buy some good shoes-which will make all the difference in the world and give you the all important monetary commitment. There is actually a great article on this in the Jan. 2009 issue of RW page 54, Get Serious from the newbie chronicles. My tips for finding shoes.
–Join a running group or find a committed friend: Talking while running makes it about 4000 times more enjoyable! Road Runners, Team in Training, Team Fox, Nike Town, YMCA clubs, the group options are endless.
Once you are a “runner” keep it going:
Set goals: Time, distance, or speed, pick one, identify your goal and give yourself a time line. Of course, joining a marathon training group makes it easier because the training plan and workout times are set up for you.
Picking and signing up for a race (5K, 10K, half or full marathon) that you are really excited about or in a place you want to visit is a really great motivator! See Runner’s World Marathon 2009 guide for ideas.
Find ways to make it fun: If you are a gadget person, maybe a heart rate monitor or even a garmin will keep you excited. Maybe mapping each run onmapmyrun or logging it on a spread sheet is enough. If you are a music person, new tunes always get me motivated to don the ipod and block the world out for a few miles. Or set up a standing running date with a friend.
Mix it up: if you aren’t lucky enough to be head over heels in love with running; in fact, if it is more a labor than a love, don’t stop doing your favorite type of exercise. Make running a once or twice a week habit, or maybe you are a triathlete at heart.
Make it a group endeavor: a relay race is something I really hope to have the chance to do in 2009. I loved reading about Chandra’s Ragnar Relay, and I would love to do the New Hampshire Reach the Beach Relay in Sept.! If the more the merrier is your MO, than this could be the event for you!
Refocus each day: I don’t plan out my week or month exactly, but an hour or so before my workout or a few days before a long run, I give myself a pep talk, think about how great the run or workout is going to be, and plan my speed, distance or intensity goals for the workout. This has helped me tremendously, a little visualization goes a really long, strong way!
Find some workouts you love: just having a few fun workouts in your arsenal can get you to the gym or the road when you feel like skipping it all together. Find a few challenging speed or interval workouts you enjoy and put them in your backpocket on reservation for desperate times. Or download a few itunes nike + sport workouts, so you have someone to talk you through a run and keep you motivated! It’s great to have the motivation part done for you, so you are only responsible for moving your legs.
Happy New Year!