Runners love to make New Year’s resolutions. A lot of us are habitual, and find comfort in creating goals geared towards adding extra mileage at exact times on exact days. Compared to those new to fitness, when it comes to runners’ resolutions, we already have the cardiovasculare down to a science.
This year, we recommend breaking away from the traditional runner’s goals, and try concentrating your efforts on improving overall health and wellness in 2019. Here are five potential resolutions that could help you reach those goals in 2019.
1. Get Social by Joining a Running Group – Our happiness is intertwined with the wellbeing of our local community. When it comes to resolutions, running clubs can be a huge motivator and will push you to do the things you may never try alone. Maybe you hate running in the heat or your weekly mileage is designed to prevent hills. Whatever the “thing” may be, joining a running club will eventually push you to do it! The San Antonio Road Runners (SARR) is a great place to start your research for a community running group.
2. Take a Yoga or Pilates Class (for real this time) – Cross training with these two practices can strengthen your core, lengthen your leg muscles, improve flexibility, decrease stress and prevent injury – getting more from your normal running workouts. We recommend starting with these 10 Yoga Poses for Runners by incorporating them into your training, but nothing beats the instruction and guidance of an in-person class. San Antonio has many studios to choose from to make your feel flexy and stress-free!
3. Do More than Run with Strength Training – Instead of avoiding the workout room for another year, focus on making yourself a regular at the gym to build leaner, stronger muscle that will run more easily and more efficiently. To achieve these results, runners need a different strength-training program focusing on targeting the key muscles that will keep them balanced and moving forward. We recommend starting with a 20 minute circuit workout to keep your heartrate up for a great cardio/strength combo!
4. Get More Sleep (as simple as it sounds, right?) – I know you’re busy and are already waking up early to make your daily run happen, but too many days of neglecting your sleep will lead to a decrease in performance – making running a lot less enjoyable. A sleep study at Stanford, noted that athletes who “increased their sleep time ran faster sprints and hit more accurate tennis shots than they did while getting their usual amount of sleep.”
How much sleep is enough? The general rule is to add one minute per mile you are running per week.This comes a shock to many runners, but it makes sense. The more you ask of your body, the more sleep you need in order to recover. For example, if you need eight hours of sleep to feel well rested when you aren’t training, and you up your training to 40 miles a week, aim for eight hours and 40 minutes.
5. Revamp Your Diet and Eat Like a Runner – Runners love to eat. In fact, it’s the reason why many of us run in the first place! We want—and have earned the right—to enjoy delicious, well-balanced meals to fuel our workouts properly and help build stronger bodies. For a lot us putting in the hours and miles of training, our diet may be the one thing holding us back from reaching our goals at the finish line. Start by dusting off one of your own cookbooks or look for inspiration from these recommendations:
How Can We Help?
Whichever resolution you choose for the New Year’s, we are here to offer the right gear and motivation for all fitness levels. Stop in at one of our three New Balance San Antonio locations: The Strand, The Forum, and The Quarry Village for a variety of exercise attire and the best running shoes in town.