Have you set your running goals for 2024? The start of a new year is the perfect time to look ahead and plan your running for the next 12 months. Of course, it’s up to you to make your own new years resolution but here are 8 ideas to help you get the most out of yourself this year.
Every runner has their own weaknesses when it comes to running, whether it is speed work, long runs, hills, strength training, etc. It’s normal to shy away from the stuff that you’re not the best at but this year, try to work on your weaknesses. If you ask every elite runner what their number one “secret” is when it comes to success, the most common response you’ll get is consistency. To be able to perform better, you need to be consistent and that includes being consistent in improving yourself most especially your weaknesses.
All runners know that planning meals can be hard to stick with. Somedays, it’s so much easier to just order food from restaurants or eat anything you can find at home. As an athlete, it’s your responsibility to make sure that you are getting the nutrients your body needs. High-intensity workouts and long runs require a proper balance of macros. Planning your meals will help you ensure that your body gets the nutrition you need to push through your runs and help you build more muscles.
This is an obvious one but there’s nothing more exciting than having to look forward to an event. When you register to join a running event, you’re more likely to stay committed to your training since you’ve invested some money for it.
The Mai Dubai Community Run previously known as the Skechers Performance Run has 2.5km, 5km, and 10km races available for runners. This is perfect for runners who plan to join their first race as well as runners who want to get faster or want to earn a medal!
This is a very simple new years resolution but it can be hard to do for a lot of runners. When you exercise, your muscles generate heat and your body needs to get rid of that heat by sweating. Sweating reduces your body’s water level which makes runners more prone to dehydration and muscle cramping. The best way to stay hydrated is to add more liquid to your diet and try out more sports drinks. It’s suggested to drink at least 16 – 20 ounces of water before running and another 16 – 20 ounces after your run.
Sticking with your new year’s resolution can be hard especially during the mid-year, therefore, it’s important to have as much support as you can. There are a lot of running clubs in Dubai that are as committed as you are when it comes to reinforcing running goals. Most runners resist joining a local running club because they don’t think they are fast enough or good enough to run with other runners. However, it’s crucial to remember that all runners have their own weaknesses. Being a part of a running club will eventually make you more motivated and confident throughout the whole year.
Anyone else guilty of rushing through a stretching routine or skipping it all together? Stretching makes a big difference when it comes to preventing injuries. Therefore, it’s recommended to stretch for at least 10 minutes before running and even when you’re not planning to run. If you’re not really into stretching, you could also invest in a good foam roller as it can also be highly useful when doing warmups.
There’s nothing more fun than running with your friends or family members. Try to invite someone and motivate them to run with you and live a healthier life. To make things even more fun, invite your family and friends to join a running event with you.