January 1st inspires all of us to dream big. We have great plans, and with that comes our new year resolutions. We are going to make it count this coming new year! Dreaming big isn’t enough. The dream is free but the hustle is sold separately.
Here’s how to kickstart your journey to your big goals this coming new year. Here is Part 2.
#5 Run A Trail Race
Look for a local trail running group and join them! If you fancy a drink after your run, you can look for a local hashing group. The uneven surface of trails forces your body to move in different planes – not just forward and back. Strengthen your legs to prevent a fall. Squats and lunges are great for strengthening your quad muscles. You should also do ankle strengthening exercises to prevent a sprain.
Read More: Trail Etiquette For Trail Runners
#6 Learn Yoga
We, runners, often talk about learning yoga to help with our flexibility. Most of us are so inflexible and stiff. Stop the talk and put it into action – sign up for a Yoga class! Commit yourself to going to a yoga class at least once a week. Or, you can start with a 20-minute yoga video to give yourself a taste of what you are in for!
#7 Qualify For Boston
Choose a race profile and course that suits your strengths to run a Boston qualifying timing. An example of a good race course profile is the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. It is a pancake flat course. Then, plan your training to hit your desired timing. You can start with finishing off the last 3 clicks of your long run at BQ speed. Also, remember to incorporate speed workouts into your training.
Read More: 8 legends, 8 Great Workouts
#8 Complete Your First Triathlon
Start out with a sprint triathlon race which is a 750m swim followed by a 20km bike ride and a 5km run. Start with looking at the race calendar and registering for a sprint triathlon. Then, hit up your triathlon buddies and join their group for swim and bike training. It is always more motivating training in a group and you can get all the advice you need. Remember to include the brick runs in your training.
If you’ve missed out on part 1, click here!