Last night I got in a nice little run at the beach. It was super crowded since a lot of people are vacationing and/or off of work this week, but it still felt good to zig zag around and feel the warm ocean breeze. During my run I started thinking about my resolutions for next year.
A part of me can hardly believe 2016 is about to end, and another part of me is really excited to welcome 2017. A third part of me is in total shock that it will be twenty SEVENTEEN! Weren’t we just celebrating the new millennium like a day ago?
Up until yesterday I wasn’t sure I had any resolutions for 2017, but after really thinking hard about it I have come up with a list. Here are my resolutions for the new year:
Above All Else, Run Happy. I want to get back to training hard and achieving big running goals, but above all I just want to run happy. When I was dealing with my calf issues earlier this year I wasn’t happy. There were some days that I literally almost cried from forcing myself to run with calves so tight they felt like they were going to pop. When I started wearing compression socks and took my running down from 6 days a week to 5 days a week I felt a lot better.
In the past running six days per week was never a problem, so I assumed I would ALWAYS be able to run six days a week. What I didn’t account for is that every training cycle is different because our lives are always changing. I was much more tired and stressed out this summer and fall than I have been in a long time. Eventually adjusting my training schedule to compensate for that was a good idea.
In 2017 I want to be really aware of all that’s going on in my life and create training schedules that challenge me but that take into account how my body is feeling both physically and mentally. Running 3 to 5 high quality days is much better than running 6 crappy days. I need to remember that!
Be consistent with writing weekly training recaps. I’ve said before that these are my least favorite posts to read and they’re also my least favorite posts to write. That being said they are consistently my most requested type of post, so I am going to make it my mission to publish one every week on Tuesdays. I’ll be writing them in the same style Jennifer at Dashing in Style does as I think her format is really informative and detailed.
General Life Resolution:
My motto for 2017 is “I am not afraid.” I have had so many irrational fears all my life. Just this week I blogged about two stupid fears: one was that I was too ugly to wear bright lipstick and another was that “real runners” would make fun of me if I ran at the park/beach/anywhere outdoors.
I always know the things I am afraid of are irrational, and yet I still let them hold me back. In 2017 I am going to push myself to take more chances and be less afraid. In the past every time I’ve stepped up it’s always been for the better. I love wearing bright lipsticks and running at the beach now. Actually I can’t imagine not doing those things anymore.
That’s why my motto for the year will be I AM NOT AFRAID!
Felines have a reputation for being scaredy cats, but Cecil is a pretty brave little guy. I am going to be more like him!
I’d love to hear what your New Year’s resolutions are if you are making any!
What’s your #1 resolution for next year?
What’s your #1 running goal for 2017?