'Tis the season for holiday celebrations, chilly runs and reflections on the year that's about to end. Whether or not you achieved your 2013 goals, knowing what you have accomplished this year can help you choose what to shoot for in 2014.
The new year—and the motivation boost that comes with it—is just around the corner, and having a goal in mind before January 1 will ensure that you hit the ground running. (Follow the Runner's World Monthly Fitness Training Plan to get stronger and faster all year long.)
This Year: Ran Occasionally
Next Year: Run Regularly
When you don't feel like running, it's easy to say, "I'll go tomorrow." Become more consistent by scheduling four runs each week: one hilly day, one speedwork day, one easy day, and on the weekend, a long run or race. If you still struggle, tell yourself: "I'll just go for 10 minutes." Once you start, you'll likely want to continue. (Here are the 4 tips guaranteed to make running a habit that sticks.)