Running down the Venice Boardwalk each morning is a beautiful way to start the day, but even this picturesque workout may need some spicing up every once in a while. Los Angeles residents are a lucky bunch of runners in that the temperatures are mild enough to allow comfortable running all year long, but it's very easy to get into a running rut. Experienced runners know that doing the same workout every day can lead to burnout.
January 1st is a perfect day to change things up and start the New Year with a new run. For runners who begin their day near the beach on a run, perhaps going on an early morning hike would create some challenge. Runners who take a jog around their neighborhood might want to switch things up and go on a jog after work on a new route.
In addition to finding new places to run, January is also a great time to make New Year's resolutions and goals for running. Not every runner is destined to compete for the top spot in marathons, but perhaps making 2014 the year of the marathon, might be a challenging and rewarding goal. Perhaps a runner who has never run faster than a 6 minute mile in a 5K race could make 2014 the year to beat a personal best time.
Looking to the months ahead, here are some great races to consider:
Surf City USA Marathon in February
Los Angeles Marathon in April
Los Angeles "Rock 'n Roll" Half Marathon in October
Whether your goals are large or small, 2014 is a year where every runner can create new, difficult goals for running success and breathe new life into a tired and predictable workout.