1. Get motivated
Start with a goal. Choose a race, put it on the calendar and start working toward it with a strategic training plan. A good training log gives you a place to plan ahead, log your progress and look back at prior training. Not everything will go according to your plan, but it is important to have one as a guide. Research shows that simply writing down your goals makes you more likely to pursue and accomplish them. Sharing them with others increases the likelihood of success, too, so create your plan with the help of a coach, a training group, a book or an online program.
Can social media make you a faster runner? Many runners gain motivation when they see other runners’ workouts and know that theirs will be seen as well. If you log workouts on a social network like Strava or Garmin Connect, other runners will see where you went and how fast. Use resources like these to get yourself out the door when the weather is bad or when you need extra incentive to get started.