Time to Eat, Drink be Merry AND think …
It’s that time of year (I don’t just mean the ‘time to eat, drink and be merry’ time of year), it’s THAT time of year. The one where we stop, we think, we reflect and we dream.
Even myself, a semi-experienced runner, looking back at my running through 2015, a massive PB in the Wokingham Half Marathon, running ‘Man Vs Mountain’ a 26 mile race up Snowdon, the 200 hundred women whom have passed through the Running Bugs courses of Elite Conditioning. Am I happy? Of course I am but (there’s always a but!) I have never had a year with so many DNS (did not starts) where health and tiredness played havoc with my immune system. I sit here planning goals and resolutions for 2016 with great enthusiasm and determination but this coming year IS GOING to be different instead of it being a long list of ‘to do’s’ I will have a plan of action for each one. How to get there, what I need to do, instead of thinking of each as a one goal, thinking of each point as a journey to the final goal.
We are all great at coming up with that list of resolutions and have all the best intentions on the 1st January but once life kicks in we fall back into our old patterns and ways of life.
How can you make sure you stick with YOUR RUNNING goals?
Get some good kit, one that you LOVE to wear, if you feel good you’ll more likely to stick to it
Sign up for an early spring race NOW! Not only will you get that buzz when you finish but you’ll have a medal to show for your efforts
Commit to the race with a friend, if you know your attending the race with a friend you’ll stay accountable as you won’t want to let them down
Take a before picture, as runners whom join my groups I never focus on weight loss but some of the transformations this year have been ‘WOW’ even if the scales don’t show the llbs they dreamed of losing the inches have ‘poof’ gone
Talk about it on social media, get people asking you. The more friends and family who know your goal the better chance of keeping focus as if only you know that let that little voice in your head can creep in and say ‘don’t worry your only letting yourself down if you don’t run’
Set the ‘journey. If your goal is 5k by March, set mini goals in-between. 2k running by end of January, 3k by valentines day. See if there are any smaller ‘fun runs’ on the path to your race to test yourself. If it’s a spring time marathon how about aHalf marathon at the half way point in training?
Remember though a plan will only work if you work too, break it down into baby steps and feel that sense of achievement as you head along your journey to your end goal.
Whatever your running level make this year you turn your running into a journey, one which brings you the joy and accomplishment YOU set. Make this YOUR year to achieve the unthinkable.
Now go eat, drink, be merry and plan plan plan !
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