August 13, 2020

6 Ways to keep your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! 2019 came and went so quickly, it seems. I remember making New Year’s resolutions last year… some I kept, some just completely fell apart lol! One that fell apart was listening to German podcasts on the trails while I trained. That was a complete fail, but I’m willing to make that resolution again this year. So we’ll see what happens. My fitness-related New Year’s resolutions were the ones I kept and it paid off, including becoming more confident on downhill running. I’ve got some ideas on how you can keep your resolutions for 2020.

Set goals and rewards

What do you want to accomplish? Think about what you want to do this year and work towards it. Whether it’s running a certain distance, going meatless on certain days of the week, or doing something outside your comfort zone, what I like to do is give myself a reward if I accomplish what I set out to do. I find that it gives me more incentive to get it done. It doesn’t have to cost anything. For me, it was reward enough to not bonk during my goal race so I’d be focused on getting all the training runs in. However, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to something nice after a big achievement. It could be a big ticket item or something as simple as dessert. Promise of chocolate is also good enough for me.

Find a partner

If you can find someone with the same goals as you or run the same pace, call them up and work out together. When someone is there to keep you accountable, the more likely you are to stick to your goals.

Selfie of 5 female trail runners in holiday wear
Holiday run with some Ladies of the Trails

Take advantage of herd mentality… in a good way

I run solo quite often and one of my resolutions this year is to break that habit and let myself get out there with run crews. This is for the social aspect of course, but also when I see other people training as hard as they can, it inspires me to do the same. One thing I will be trying to do more consistently this year is joining Fraser Street Run Club‘s track workouts on Tuesday (when I can).

Set a schedule

One way your goals go awry is not having enough time to do it. You NEED to make time to do things you need to do. Add your workout schedule to your calendar so you can plan your other activities around it. During ultra training, I was aware of the workouts I needed to do per day and if I want to make social plans after work, I would work out in the morning. It has its pros and cons of course. A con being having to wake up early, but the pro is that you’re done with the workout before you even get to work.

A woman running on the Baden Powell trail in North Vancouver
Run where it makes you happy (photo by Carmen Marin)

No drastic changes

As a meat eater, I would not be able to keep up a fully vegetarian diet in a snap. Drastic changes are a surefire way to set yourself up for failure. I suggest you gradually ease yourself into what you want to do and then once you’re comfortable, you can step it up a notch. The same goes for working out, as it is unreasonable to go from couch to half marathon in one go. Work out 2 or 3 times a week and then eventually you can work your way up to 4-5 times a week.

Keep it fun!

Find ways to make mundane tasks more interesting. For example, strength workouts in a gym can be a bit boring. You could get some friends to join you or find an alternate way to get your strength workout in. You could do body weight exercises at a park or do an uphill hike. Whatever it is, you’re more inclined to do something if you like doing it.

Selfie of a couple of trail runners in a foggy forest setting in North Vancouver
Happy New Year from Cuski and I!

Hope my first blog post of the year helps! Here’s another resolution for you… more thoughtful blog posts, in addition to race recaps. Hopefully I can keep this resolution. Are you one to have New Year’s resolutions/goals? What are yours this year?

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