We all know we start a new year full of good intentions, enthusiasm and that can-do attitude to lose weight, run more, stretch more(!) to make positive improvements to our lives. We also know that come the end of January, we can be prone to hitting the wall and feel like giving it all in.

It can take up to six months to form a new habit, so with that in mind, we’ve put together our top tips to help turn your running resolutions into being part of your everyday lifestyle.


Write your resolutions down and put in a visible place such as your fridge door or on your desk at work. This will help to keep them in mind as the days and weeks go by. When you achieve resolutions, tick them off. This is a great way to maintain your motivation and see your progress in black and white.


Don’t think you have to enter a half marathon or run miles and miles in training. Pick a goal or resolution that works for you and your lifestyle.


Find a local running group or take part in a FREE Great Run Local if there’s one close to you. They are perfect events for meeting like-minded people starting out on their fitness journeys, and running with a group keeps that motivation up.


Small changes are easier to achieve, so split bigger ambitions into more manageable chunks.


A treat every once in a while is good for us, and helps to motivate us on those tougher days. Reward yourself for your success and plan in incentives for making positive changes. Treat yourself to the cinema or even a new pair of running trainers!

Check back on Tuesday for Part Two of our top tips.

What are your tips for keeping on track with your running resolutions and goals? Tweet us @Great_Run using the hashtag #GreatRunningTips