8 Running Resolutions for 2015

This is going to be your year. We can just feel it. To help you out, we’ve paired eight running resolutions with standout products to help you start 2015 on the right foot. Take a peek, and make 2015 the year of the run.

1. Speed up

Commit to getting some fast miles in this year (whatever that means for you). Throw in a speed workout each week, and you’ll see your overall pace decrease. Head to the track in a pair of racing flats to really feel like you’re flying. They’re minimally constructed and shave off plenty of ounces to keep from interfering with your speedy stride.  We love the Saucony Type A6, Mizuno Wave Hitogami and Brooks PureConnect.

2. Discover trails

There is a whole running world past the trees; have you discovered it yet? Trail running gives you gorgeous views, new, challenging terrain and plenty of new friendships to forge. Sign up for your first trail race, and you’ll see what we mean. Just make sure you have shoes that can tackle the terrain. Trail shoes have more substantial outsoles to grip the ground plus ultra-durable uppers to keep rocks and roots out of the shoe. We love the Altra Lone Peak, Pearl Izumi Trail N1 and the Hoka One One Huaka.

3. Run steady

Make sure your stride stays steady even as the miles creep up to double digits. While neutral shoes work for the majority of runners, stability (also know as guidance) shoes can help make longer miles feel easier. They help slow the rate of any inward twisting of the ankles, which can happen when legs start feeling fatigued. We love the ASICS Gel-Kayano, Brooks Adrenaline GTS and Saucony Guide.

4. Recover smarter

Running and staying active are important, but so is recovering smartly so can you make running a lifelong relationship. Make sure you’re taking the steps to make your downtime count. Give compression sleeves a shot. Some research suggests they can help speed up blood circulation and thus oxygen circulation. Plus they do a great job at taking some of the pressure out of your legs. That way you will feel rested and recharged when you head out for your next workout.

5. Inspire someone

Running solo can be an exercise in meditation, but there’s just something about running with a buddy that we love. In 2015, commit to sharing your love of the sport with someone else. The miles will fly by with chitty chatter, and you will keep each other accountable. That way, even when your bed is telling you to stay, you know you can’t break your commitment to your friend. Giving someone a gift card can be the perfect start.

6. Embrace the cold

Strength in the spring comes from work in the winter. And if you aren’t a fan of the treadmill, that means running outside, weather or not. Dashing through the snow can be peaceful and an adventure all at once! Plus, you’ll feel pretty proud of yourself when you’re done. So long as you prep with the right gear — shoes with waterproof uppers, extra reflectivity and sound outsoles — there’s no reason why you can’t explore your winter runderland. We love the Saucony Kinvara 5 Runshield, ASICS Gel-Cumulus 16 Liteshow and Salomon Speedcross.

7. Hydrate efficiently

Hydration can drastically affect your performance, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water before, during and after your workout. Free yourself from planning runs around water fountains by bringing your water with you. Between handheld styles or belted options, there’s a hydration system that caters to any runner. We love the Nathan Trail Mix, Peak and Quickshot Plus.

8. Start right now

There’s no time like the present to start living the healthiest life possible. Pick up some fresh gear for the new year to get you excited about what’s to come. After all, a year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.

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