Want to get into the habit of running? Don’t worry, we can help you. Building a running habit is not easy, it takes a lot of commitment and patience. We understand that trying to build a habit of running in Dubai can be hard because of the hot weather. Here are the 6 best ways to make running a habit. 

1. Know your ‘Why’ and Set a SMART Goal 

Before anything else, you must ask yourself why you want to make running a habit. Is it because you want to lose weight? Prepare for a race? Have a healthier lifestyle? Whatever reason you have, you must identify it to use it as your overall motivation. Every time you feel like you can’t do it, your ‘why’ will be your reason to keep going. 

Setting a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time Based) goal is also one of the most crucial steps you must take if you want to make running a habit. When your goal is unclear, you’re most probably going to fail. Here’s an example of a SMART Running Goal: 

My goal is to run at least 45 minutes, 3x a week (Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday) every 6 AM for the next 2 months so I could lose 5kg. 

It is proven that SMART goals provide a great sense of focus and direction which can hugely help you form consistent habits. 

2. Create a Checklist and a Plan

Don’t overcomplicate things. Some people immerse themselves in so many websites that they get overwhelmed with the things they need to do. 

  • How fast should I run? 
  • How long should I run? 
  • What should I eat when running? 
  • How frequently should I exercise? 

When you search for running tips online, you will get different answers. Therefore, you must answer the questions above by yourself. What do you think is the distance you can run and be consistent with? What food makes you feel better and energized? Remember, everyone is different. Create your own checklist and plan to make it easier to stick with. If you’re unsure on where to start, search for a beginners plan and customize it based on your preference. 

3. Sign Up for a Race 

Signing up for a race can be scary but we’re here to tell you that it’s one of the most powerful ways to keep yourself motivated to run. Once you pay for the race, you’ll want to make it to the event and finish the race so you don’t waste your money. Signing up in a race will also give you a specific date to look forward to which will help you create a more detailed plan and schedule.

The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon will be back this 30th of October 2023! First time hearing about the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon? Well, it’s one of the biggest running events in the city. Register early before tickets get sold out!

The Mai Dubai Community Run previously called the Skechers Performance Run will be held on the 18th of March 2023. There will be 2.5km, 5km, and 10km races available. Challenge yourself and register today! This is a great opportunity for you to achieve your running goals and receive an award when you finish the race.

4. Track Your Progress and Reward Yourself 

Tracking your progress is key to being consistent. There’s nothing more rewarding than looking back at how far you have already come. To track your progress, you can use a tracking app or any app that allows you to track your running progress. If you’re a beginner in running, it’s important to remember that progress takes time. If you feel like your progress is too slow, don’t give up. Slow progress is better than no progress at all.

5. Don’t Let a Bad Day Stop You 

It’s normal to have those days when you feel like you don’t want to run. It’s either you’re too tired, injured, lost a loved one, or busy with work. Whatever it is, don’t let it stop you from achieving your running goals. Even the best runners out there are not perfect, so stick with your plan and be patient. You’ll achieve those running goals in no time. 

Looking to join the best running event in Dubai? You’re lucky because we know and we organise the best running events here in Dubai! Check out the events below:

Mai Dubai City Half Marathon 

The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon is one of the most popular running events in Dubai. The 5th anniversary edition of the MDCHM will be held on the 29th of October 2023. Register now and follow us at @promosevensports on Instagram to keep up with our latest announcements. 

Mai Dubai Community Run

The Mai Dubai Community Run previously called the Skechers Performance Run has 2.5 km, 5km, and 10km races available and it’s a family-friendly event which is great if you want to bring your family with you. 

Palm West Beach Run

No city in Dubai has a better combination of nature, love of sport and iconic infrastructure for hosting a beach run than in Palm Jumeirah. Come and explore and experience Palm West Beach in a whole new way. 

Bloomberg Square Mile Relay 

The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay was held last 9th February 2023. The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is the only corporate race in the world and anyone can enter as a team of 10 for a great team-building activity. 

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