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With the new year just around the corner, we all find ourselves thinking about fresh starts and new goals. Maybe you want stay injury free, run a PR or try out a trail race? Whatever your goals for the new year are, here are a few tips that will give you a kickstart towards accomplishing them:
1. See a Physical Therapist: Most of us have imbalances and weaknesses that are either holding us back or are poised to cause a major injury. Even if you aren’t currently injured, a trip to a physical therapist who specializes in sports can be helpful. They can point out areas that may cause a problem later on down the line and help you map out a strength training plan to keep you healthy.
2. Hire a Running Coach: Running coaches aren’t just for elite athletes. Hiring a running coach is a great move to help you navigate uncharted territory or take you to the next level. A running coach can create a customized training plan that fits your needs, answer questions and evaluate performance along the way. They can also adjust your plan if you happen to be sick or injured, which can help you stay on track towards your goals despite set-backs.
3. Write it Down: Keeping a daily log of your runs can be a valuable source of feedback as your training progresses, allowing you reevaluate and make adjustments. Designate a notebook or invest in training journal and log the distance of your run, duration, how you felt and the conditions. Keeping a detailed log of the factors affecting your run can help you troubleshoot any issues as they arise and can lead to improvement over time.