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#SayItWithSweat guide to running

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Posted by Cags R under Running on 2 January 2014 at 12:00 AM

All month, we'll be sharing some of our best tips for sticking to your resolutions and turning your goal into a reality. Let's start off with one of the most common New Years Resolutions:

"I'm going to start running this year."

Screw the fresh start and say it with sweat

First off, great choice! Running is a sport which requires next to no equipment, can be performed practically anywhere and there are thousands of avid runners to give you advice along the way. So here are a few tips and pointers on how to make the most out of your Running Resolution.

  1. Pick your distance - if you're new to running, starting off with a 5km run and seeing how you get along will be a good pointer as to your current standard. It does not matter if you have to walk/run it at first, you will build up stamina once you start running more regularly. If you find that the 5km distance wasn't very challenging, then you may want to think about increasing your pace or aiming for a longer distance as your starting point.

    Take Challenges to keep yourself motivated - Run Your First 5km is a top starting point.

  2. Sign up for events - set yourself milestones with events, if you have a big running goal with longer distances (such as a half-marathon or marathon) then using shorter distance events is a good way to keep track of your progress. 

    Take the Challenge to Run your first organised event - it's the first step on your way to running success!

  3. Build a routine - your schedule won't change over night just because you've decided to start running, you need to designate time in your schedule to commit to running. Setting yourself Challenges such as Run twice a week for a month and designating the days you intend to run will make your running aspirations a reality.

  4. Stay injury-free - injuries are the bane of any runner's life, so to keep yourself out on the road and the trails, you'll need to take great care to stretch out, recover and rest. While running doesn't require huge amounts of equipment, the right shoes really can make a difference to staying injury free - they needn't break the bank, but can be a real asset to enhance your enjoyment of running.

  5. Enjoy it! This is the most important thing about running, while you may struggle in the beginning, you should feel great after every run - remember that every run is a step closer to your ultimate goal, to become a runner!

Hopefully this guide will help you stick to your New Years Running Resolution, now all you need to do is #SayItWithSweat!

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