How to Hit the Ground Running in 2018

January 30th 2018 | Callie Sierra

A new year means new goals. For many, that goal is to get healthier through more consistent exercise, like running. Whether you're new to the sport or a lifelong enthusiast, running has many benefits, from happiness to fitness to health and longevity.

It can also benefit your favourite charities. This year, countless runners will participate in running clubs or races that raise money and awareness for important issues. No matter your speed or stamina, this post will highlight a few ways that runners can really hit the ground running in 2018.  

Join a Local Running Group

Sometimes the hardest thing about running is just getting started. Consider joining a running group for needed motivation, such as Mojo Running & Fitness. While running is inherently an individual sport, running groups can also lend a beneficial sense of community. Running groups can help hold you accountable for getting out and they can also make running even more enjoyable by adding a fun social aspect. Other benefits of running groups include:

  • Accountability: Don’t let your “I’ll run later” or “I’m too tired” voice win!
  • Consistency: A running group will help you set a realistic schedule and stick to it.
  • Motivation: Rely on your co-runners to encourage you.
  • Competition: Pair up with people who might help you run a little bit longer or a little bit faster.
  • Learning: Pick up tips and tricks from others, like stretching and injury prevention. A running group could introduce you to cool new running routes, too!
  • Be social: Doing things with others, in general, can create a more positive experience.

No running club in your area? Start one! Try reaching out to other running clubs for some advice and best practices on how to get started. Or ask around your workplace to see if your colleagues are interested in forming a corporate running group.

Look Good, Run Good

Another tip is to dress yourself in the right seasonal running gear. At this time of year, fleeces, base gear, vests, hats, layering t-shirts and jackets are essential items for winter running. All these items can be customised to help inspire you or your running group during long, cold winter months. For example, you can add the name or logo of your running club to a fleece jacket to create team spirit and bring runners together. And, if you or your group runs to support a particular cause, another idea is to add the charity name or logo to your running clothing.  All set on clothing? Consider motivational accessories like wristbands or sweatbands for yourself or your running club.  

Are you training for an upcoming charity run or competitive race? Customised running gear will help your running group stand out, especially if you’re trying to expand your club or recruit new members. Your club name will be visible to all the people along the course but also afterward through photos, press and social media.

Run for You, Run for Others

Need some extra motivation? You’re not alone. Many people turn to running groups for inspiration, but another idea is to run for a charity. Take a moment to think about what matters most to you. The environment? Local issues? Cancer prevention? Do some quick research on the Internet to find a local run or running group that benefits a cause you care about. This could be a full marathon, half marathon, a 5K or even a shorter fun run or walk. (And consider expanding your search to walking, biking, cross-country skiing or any other activity you enjoy.) To make the most impact, look into ways that you can help raise awareness of the charity through customised running items.

Go Running, Get a Treat

Set personalised goals for your training. Consider breaking your goals up by attainable increments in terms of distance and pacing. And don’t forget the power of positive motivation. Try rewarding yourself with a small personable incentive like a coffee drink for running three days a week or plan to make a donation to a charitable cause for every kilometer you run in a month. Setting reasonable and attainable goals is the best way to track your progress to ensure you’re reaching your personal running goals.

No matter your speed or stamina, give running a shot in 2018! Whether you jog around the block by yourself or train with a group for a marathon, running is a great way to get outdoors and it might make you feel happier and healthier. Look for ways that you can run in support of a good cause, from completing a charity run to supporting your favourite organisation through customised running gear.

Please get in touch with us today to talk about your running goals or your vision for growing your running club. We are here to help you every step along the way, quite literally!