1. New goals.
Just like making a resolution on New Years, setting yourself a new challenge for a new running season can be the perfect start and reason to get running (if only for the first few months). Research has shown people who track their goals are more likely to stick with them, as are those who make their objectives public. An easy way to do it is look at your times or distances before you took winter off, and choose one to focus on, such as a new personal best for 10 km. Then, post your goal time on a runner’s platform like Strava (join our club here) to make it public. With that goal set, you have something to aim for and now every run you do will get you closer to achieving it.
If new times or distances aren’t really your thing, signing up for a race can be just as motivating. Or you can find an event online. Just ask a friend to sign up too and you'll have motivation plus accountability – a recipe for success we reckon.
How to run a virtual race
Running a virtual race poses plenty of challenges, from the mundane to the downright crucial. There are four main areas where you’ll need to have everything in place.
2. New gear.
Another great place to start after winter has worn away is making sure your running gear is all up to scratch. If your shoes are looking a little worse for wear than when winter started, or if your gear looks too outdated, updating your look could be what you need for a fresh start. Studies have shown that performance can be improved simply if you feel you look the part, so use this to your advantage and create extra incentive to head back out there (after all, you want to see just what these new pairs of shoes can do). To see what’s new that you may have missed when it comes to running gear, head over to our shoe finder to see what might appeal to you.