FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — As we begin 2019, sticking to new year’s resolutions isn’t always easy. Some people are running towards their resolutions early.
“I’m going to run my first marathon this year, so that will be my big resolution for the year,” runner Tyler Green said.
Local runners braved the cold after ringing in the new year, hoping to start it off right. The 5th annual Black Eyed Pea New Year’s run in Fayetteville is raising money for local cross country programs.
“The black eyed peas are for good luck, it’s New Year’s day. We want everybody to have a fun exercising event,” event organizer Doug Allen said.
One runner is training for his 19th marathon in February. His resolution is to keep up the miles.
“It’s just a really good way to start the year. I like to run a lot, so it’s been a good morning for it.,” runner Greg Puckett said.
Studies show 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February.
Trainer Zachary Johannsen says you don’t have to fall for this statistic.
“Know a plan and set goals. Make sure they’re realistic, make sure they’re time-oriented. Make sure they are measurable. These will make you want to stick to each and every one of these parameters.”
But no need to rush into things all at once.
Johannsen adds, “maybe cut out one food you know you shouldn’t eat each week and then add one more day of exercise each week. Start with one day a week. Start with two days a week, work your way up from there.”