The best New Year’s resolutions for runners - Women's Running

The best New Year’s resolutions for runners

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  December 8, 2020

Setting yourself resolutions can be a hugely positive way to move into the new year and achieve your goals

It’s an annual ritual that is sometimes more loathed than loved, but setting New Year’s resolutions can really help to keep us motivated through the winter months, especially when it comes to running outdoors. British sustainable running brand Sundried have shared their realistic running resolution ideas with us to help you feel inspired in 2021.

Start a run streak

It can be hard to stay enthusiastic about running in winter, but there are plenty of ways to keep yourself motivated. Some people like to challenge themselves with a January run streak to kickstart the year. Once you’re on a roll, you won’t want to stop and break the streak! Set a target that reflects your current ability and your lifestyle – running 1 mile every day is a good starting point, but you could increase the mileage or commit to running every other day if that better suits your goals. And if you love it, you can carry your streak into February… or beyond! 

Whatever your goal, make sure you’re ready for those winter runs. Try to run at the same time every day – not only does it help you to get into a routine, but it also helps you to always dress accordingly for the light levels outside. We recommend a reflective rain jacket, like this one, for both dark, drizzly days and nighttime, and gloves for colder temperatures.

Be more sustainable

Sustainability is something that is being talked about more and more, and for good reason. Living a more eco-friendly lifestyle is an excellent goal that not only helps the environment, but could also save you money. There are plenty of simple steps you can take to make your running routine more sustainable without a whole lot of extra work. 

Running clothes made by ethical activewear brands are a great place to begin. Well-made, sustainable running gear often lasts a lot longer than cheaper, fast-fashion garments and so will reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill – and the amount of money you’re spending in the long-term. And if you’re a runner who enjoys a steaming shower to warm up after a frosty run, consider plastic-free beauty buys, such as shampoo bars or refill bottles. 

Sign up for your bucket list race

We all have that one race that we’ve been dreaming about for years, but have never quite made it to the start line. Perhaps it’s a half-marathon far from home; maybe it’s your first ultra; it could be your first race ever. Whatever it is, the new year is the perfect time to take the plunge and book your spot. Lots of races are hoping to go ahead as we move into the second half of the year, and plenty of others are happening virtually. Doing the distance on your terms is a great way to get involved and prepare yourself for the real thing when it returns – and you often still receive a medal, too!

Signing up may be simple, but showing up on race day feeling prepared is the tough part. Once you know what and when you’re training for, create a plan for yourself. Break it down into manageable chunks, take your training step by step and you’ll soon realise that your goal is easily achievable.

Join a running club

Most people who are part of a running club will tell you that it’s one of the best decisions they ever made. Taking the step from solo runs to running in a group can be daunting, but we know that there are so many benefits of joining a running club, from gaining friendship and support to discovering new routes and events.

Depending on where you are, running clubs may be in-person or virtual right now, but both offer the same opportunities to share your running journey with like-minded people. January is an ideal time to join if you’re feeling nervous, as there will be lots of other new members alongside you. Choose a running group that suits you – there are usually several in the area for people of different abilities and with different goals. Some require a yearly subscription, while others are free of charge. Feel free to try out a few to find the right one for you.

Written by

Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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