Define Your Why
Don’t even lace up your shoes before clearly defining why you’re heading out the door. Are you totally burned out on your current sport and looking for a new way to get in some movement? Is there a race down the road that you would like to get fit for? A “why” will come in handy and keep you motivated and accountable when you’d rather drink coffee or stay in bed an extra hour on Saturday morning instead of going for your run. A great way to keep it in the front of your mind is to write it down and stick it to your fridge as a reminder.
If you are brand new to the roads, your body may not be used to this new stimulus. Try starting out slow with a run-walk approach. For example, run for one minute, then walk for one minute. Run for three minutes, then walk for one minute. As you feel fitter and more confident, gradually build up to running with minimal to no walking. This method can also help reduce your chance of injury and keep you fit for when you’re ready to get back on the bike again. Jeff Galloway is a great resource for more information on the run-walk method and offers structured training plans.
Set A Goal
Having a loose goal on the calendar can encourage you to keep up with running even when you’re feeling unmotivated to hit the road. For beginners, a great goal to shoot for is a 5k—or 3.1 miles. These days it’s easy to find a 5k on any given weekend, so choose a race about three months out and sign up. That way, you know what you’re working toward and have fewer excuses to miss a run. This can also help you back out and build an appropriate training plan from race day.
Get Some Accountability
If your weekend activities are typically your time to catch up with friends, running alone won’t sound like the most fun way to spend your Saturdays or Sundays. So, recruit some friends to run with you every so often. It’s easier to cancel on yourself than someone else, so having accountability—and maybe some brunch plans for after your run—can help keep you on track with your goals. Another idea could be to join a local running group and meet a new group of friends that can offer you valuable information or tips as you’re starting out.
Invest In Tech
If you’re someone who is all about the numbers and uploads a workout to Strava the second you step foot in the door, maybe tech is the nudge you need to take up running. We get it. That’s why we created the TICKR FIT heart rate monitor. It is the ultimate in precision, providing an accurate read on heart rate and calorie burn and also lasts up to 30 hours. The band fits comfortably around your arm and stays secure even during intense workouts. We also offer the TICKR and TICKR X chest straps, which can be used to track heart rate while running or cycling. After each workout, wirelessly connect TICKR to your smartphone or GPS watch to help you stay on top of training and racing.
With these tips, we hope you will feel more confident and have fun picking up a new sport, whether you’re looking to get competitive or simply try something new. Have fun and we hope to see you on the roads.