Don’t stop running or walking because the Crim is over.
We hear about this every year after the Crim. Spring and summer come around and everyone is excited. Some people sign up for the Crim Training Program, and others train on their own. Others don’t train much at all, dig their running shoes out of the closet the morning of, and show up at the race.
Then, the Crim is over.
A lot of people throw their shoes back into the closet until next year. It isn’t accurate to say that everyone does this, or even a lot of people, but this is the typical story for some people. Are you one of those people?
If you are considering retiring until next spring or summer, consider this: Now is the perfect time to continue running. If you have been training, even sporadically, you’ve built up some mileage and endurance over the last several weeks. Keep it up! Don’t quit now.
If you just tried on your running shoes for the first time a few days ago, why not try them on again? Why not consider a healthy lifestyle of running or walking regularly?
Below are 4 ways to keep on going after running or walking the Crim:
1. Sign up for an upcoming road race.
Keep the momentum going by signing up for an upcoming race. Check out Run Michigan for upcoming Flint area races and races across the state. The fall is one of the best times to run, so don’t stop now. Don’t mind our shameless plug, but check out Run4Wine, a one-of-a-kind 4 mile event that we host this October. Custom wine glasses are available to the first 400 that register, and you will have to register fast to grab one of the few remaining.
2. Consider a fall half marathon.
If you just finished the 10 mile Crim, why not get a half marathon under your belt? It’s only another 5K past the 10 mile, so a few more weeks of continued mileage and you will be all set to go. Consider the Run For Your Heart (Sept 12 in Saginaw), Capital City River Run (Sept 18/19 in Lansing), Brooksie Way (Sept 27 in Rochester), or the Detroit Half (October 18).
3. Set a goal.
Maybe you are looking ahead to next year’s Crim, or wanting to train for that marathon you’ve always wanted to do. Whatever it is, find something you want to accomplish and write it down. Make sure your goals are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely). Once you know where you want to be, look at where you are now and determine what you need to do, and when, do make it to your goal. It also helps to have encouragement and accountability, which leads up to next our and final point.
4. Join a running or walking group.
Motivation and accountability from other like-minded runners or walkers will keep you on track and help you to reach your goals. Create an informal running or walking group with your co-workers, friends, or family, or join a group like Riverbend Striders or Flint Area Year Long Running/Walking Group. You’ll meet some new people, have fun, and continue running or walking.
These are definitely not the only things you can do after the Crim, but a good place to start. All we suggest is you don’t hang up your running shoes until next year, but consider a healthy lifestyle that includes regularly running or walking.
What action have you decided to take?