Want to run the 2014 Chicago Marathon? Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how!

Running is one of the simplest forms of exercise. All you really need are some workout clothes and a supportive pair of shoes to get started. For many people, running begins as a way to kick start weight loss and ends with a goal to run a distance race.

The spring season is a popular time for newbie and novice runners to lace up their shoes and tackle those 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons. Every race, no matter the distance, takes a considerable amount of training. Here’s how to ensure running remains a habit well beyond the finish line.

Make a Plan of Action

–          Evaluate your schedule and decide what time of day is best for you to run.

–          Determine your starting distance, how you’ll progress and plan your routes.

–          Create a calendar of your routine and put it somewhere you can see every day.

Create a Pre-run Routine

–          Develop habits that signal to your mind and body it’s time to run.

–          Set out your workout clothes in the same spot each day.

–          Eat a pre-run snack or play your running playlist while getting ready.

Reward Yourself

–          Track your progress and reward yourself for reaching milestones, big and small.

–          Choose smaller rewards for your day-to-day runs and larger rewards such as new shoes, workout gear, etc. for reaching your monthly goals.

Enlist Friends to Hold you Accountable

–          Build a support system to help encourage you and keep you on track.

–          Recruit friends to run with you and make training a social activity.

Running a race of any length is a major accomplishment, but if you are looking to run the 2014 Chicago Marathon – here’s your chance!

Charter Fitness has partnered with the nonprofit organization NPH to offer runners a guaranteed entry into this year’s Chicago marathon as part of Team NPH. Click here for more details. 


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