With the new year comes new resolutions. While some worry over what theirs will be, runners need not. If you’ve set a running goal for 2019, chances are that working towards that goal will involve resolutions of some sort, whether you choose to call them that or not. Here’s how your 2019 running goals are a bunch of new year’s resolutions in disguise. 

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You’ll have to makes changes

If you’re looking to become a better runner, you’re going to have to make a few changes. You can’t do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. These changes or improvements to your running routine are like resolutions. Whether you’re trying to sleep more, eat better or be more consistent in your training, these are all small goals to help you become a better overall runner. 

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Change is a good thing

Significant improvements in running take time. Whether you’re just starting out or are a longtime runner, changing and improving your routine is difficult, especially for runners, who are typically creatures of habit. But these changes pay off big over the long haul in the form of personal bests.

You’ll need to be consistent 

In order to see your 2019 goals come to life, you’ll need to be very consistent. Running is a consistency game, and the longer you can stick with the plan, the better. 

Your progress probably won’t be linear 

As with any resolution, you’re going to have days when you cave. If you wanted to sleep more there will be periods when you’re constantly up late, and if you wanted to improve your workout quality, there will be times when you run slower than last year. It’s all about persevering through the tough stuff.

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You’ll feel so accomplished when you achieve your goal

Most resolutions go unactualized, but most running goals don’t. By setting a running goal, you’re basically ensuring that there will be some improvement in your performance in some aspect of your training. 

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