Out with the old, in with the new. That means old struggles, old hangups, old procrastination tendencies – BYE. Time to bring in some new goals, new habits, and new successes. This isn’t the first New Years Resolution article you’ll read this week (and it probably won’t be the last), but here’s hoping it’s the most helpful.
As a runner, resolutions come more often than just on January 1st. But chances are, you’re taking the time to create Running Resolutions for yourself to kick off 2017 on the right foot. Here are a few keys to keeping those resolutions going throughout your year, along with some of our favorite products that help us make our goals stick.
1. Wear running apparel that makes you feel good
Find pieces of clothing that are comfortable while you run. Whether that means the softest material around or something super sleek and high performance, you’re more apt to get out and attack your workout if you’re suited up with something that makes you feel great. The Dri-Fit Knit line from Nike along with the Oiselle Seamless line both provide superior seamless fabrication which feels just plain amazing next-to-skin. It’s also stretchy and forgiving, which is an added plus after the holidays.
Under Armour has a great option for those of us who want something more flowy with the Tech Short Sleeve V-Neck Twist, providing a distraction-free run with a fun style.
And if you’re looking for something fast when it comes to shorts, you really can’t go wrong with the Nike Aeroswift (that split, though) or the Nike Pro 3″ Cool Short.
Shop the Nike Aeroswift Short
Shop the Nike Pro 3” Cool Short
2. Find nutrition that works for YOU
When it comes to flavor, Gu Salted Caramel and Mint Chocolate had won the hearts and tastebuds of many. They were discontinued for a time, but now they’re back to the joy of many a Gu fan. Gu works great before an early morning run and provides enough energy to get you through an hour or so without having a blood sugar bonk (which can easily happen when running on a empty stomach).
Shop Gu Nutrition
Huma Gel and VFuel are both favored by those of us with sensitive tummies. Thanks to their mild flavoring, many runners find it more palatable along their run. Also worth noting, Huma Gel is all natural, and is made from real food.
Shop Huma Gel Nutrition
Shop VFuel Nutrition
3. Accessories can make all the difference
Ahhh, that perfect cold-weather headband for a wide range of temps. The Nordic Racing Headband by Salomon is nearly seamless, very soft, and thermally brushed inside for warmth – but at the same time, really thin to prevent overheating. The wide shape fully covers your ears, and you just can’t beat the price.
Shop the Salomon Nordic Racing Headband
Small, lightweight and rechargeable, the Black Diamond Iota Headlamp is beautiful and bright. Bright enough light to illuminate the trail ahead, this headlamp also offers a beacon of safety that helps cars see you on the road. You hardly notice this handy piece of equipment while it’s on your head, so now you have no more excuses for not running in the dark.
Shop the Black Diamond Iota Headlamp
Tracking miles and progress towards your goals can only help you stick to your plan. The built-in heart rate monitor in this Garmin 235 will keep you honest when you’re overdoing it. The beautiful color options (and classic black, too) make it an eye-catching piece for all the right reasons. You can also use the activity tracking mode if you want to track your steps to make sure you are getting in your 10,000 + steps a day.
Shop the Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Watch HRM
4. Use a vest for longer runs
Because let’s be honest, sometimes pockets just aren’t enough. You don’t want to skimp when it comes to packing for a longer run or trail excursion. That’s where the UltrAspire Spry 2.0 Vest comes in – a great solution for storage and hydration that will keep you moving forward in 2017. This lightweight vest comes with enough capacity for most trail training runs… enough capacity for a compact 1L reservoirs, or bottles/flasks in-front. It feels light and minimal for distraction-free running, and yet it can carry everything you might need for multiple hours of exploring.
Shop the UltrAspire Spry 2.0 Vest
5. Add rolling into your routine
Planning on increasing mileage? Training for your first race? Resolving to run for the first time in 2017? All good reasons to get into rolling. Trigger Point offers a variety of rollers – below you’ll find two favorites, one big and one small. There’s really no reason why you shouldn’t resolve to roll more in 2017. The recovery benefits of massage outweigh whatever excuse you may have made in the past.
Shop the Trigger Point Grid Mini Foam Roller
Shop the Trigger Point Massage Ball
Rachel runs for fitness. It’s entirely about personal health and mental/emotional wellness for her. She’s one of those weirdos that finds proofreading to be thrilling. As manager and lead editor for the Running Warehouse Blog, THIS is her baby. She also recently started a graphic design business with her husband Ryan as a side hustle.