I’ve never been a big New Year’s resolution maker. It’s not that I don’t vow to amp up my reading, master a headstand or become more patient, it’s just that I worry I’ll jinx those goals by labeling them as resolutions. But during my first run of 2016—I did a lot of ice dodging—I started thinking about my running hopes for the year and figured I might as well put pen to paper/fingers to keyboard and list them out. Maybe they’ll help inspire you, too!
1. Sign up for more races.
Because I have a limited budget, I normally sign up for only one or two big races a year. In 2016, I will run more races of all lengths, from 5Ks to half marathons. Because who am I kidding? That Saturday brunch, complete with a Bloody Mary, costs about the same amount anyway.
2. Do speed work.
As much as I dread it, I know it’s what’s separating me from a marathon PR. I’ve always been a very steady runner with even mile splits… hence two marathon finishing times within seconds of one another. This year, though, I will pick up the pace.
3. Feel it out.
In yoga the instructors always tell you to “listen to your body,” not to push it to the point of pain just to keep up with those around you. I think the same rule applies to running. If my body feels really run-down or my knee is screaming with each stride, I’m going to let it rest.
4. Get a marathon PR.
Kind of a given, but I hope to break 3:50 when I run the Columbus Marathon this fall. Hopefully the rest of these running resolutions will help me accomplish that.
5. Find a running buddy.
When it comes to running, I’m a lone wolf. But while on a press trip in October, I went running with a fellow traveler who pushed me to a faster pace—and it felt easy-peasy! I’d love to find a friend who can make me laugh on those long runs and inspire me to be a better runner.
YOUR TURN: What are your fitness resolutions for 2016?