My Running Resolutions for 2016

Running Resolutions for 2016 // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

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.

Running Resolutions for 2016 // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

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.

Running Resolutions for 2016 // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

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.

Running Resolutions for 2016 // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

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.

Running Resolutions for 2016 // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

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.

Running Resolutions for 2016 // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

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?

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About LWynalek

Writer. Runner. Cat lover.

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