As another year comes to a close, it’s pretty typical to set some goals for the year ahead. It’s also common to look back, reflect and relish in self achievement for the year that’s passing. I know one thing is for sure. If we put one foot in front of the other in the new year, we continue to move forward, not back.
So many New Year’s Resolutions revolve around fitness. Getting fit, losing weight, putting aside those things in life that may impede our forward movement. These are all great things. How about spending more quality time with our children, or performing harder at work? Save more money for retirement, finish those home improvement projects. All attainable goals, all worth working toward. The important thing about a resolution is to pick something that is measurable. People often fail at resolutions because they lose focus on them over time. If it’s important enough to set the goal as a new year begins, then that should say something. We desire this change, and it deserves attention and focus. Not just for a week, or month, but all year.
After running over 1,100 miles in 2013, I resolve to run more in 2014. I resolve to run smarter, have more fun, and race distances and races that give me better chances at achieving my goal of getting to the Boston Marathon one day. Of course I am shooting for a qualifying time for 2015, but in the end, if I don’t achieve this goal, I resolve to have fun trying. I will not kill myself trying to get there, but I will harder in the new year to achieve this goal.
In 2013, I set a new marathon PR. 3:32:24 is my new best, and to qualify for Boston, I need to run a marathon in 3:25:00 or better. That means cutting my overall pace by 17 seconds. Specific goal, and surely measurable. My fastest Half of the year was 1:39:00, a pace of 7:33, on a hilly course to boot. That pace in a full marathon would put me under my goal. So, I have to work on endurance and speed. Going faster, for longer. Not giving up, and not settling for just a finish. It has to be a faster finish. After all, the Boston Marathon qualifiers are the cream of the crop in the sport of running. To toe the line in Boston, one has to earn that spot.
So, in 2014, I resolve to run……
Three “S’s” will be the key to my SUCCESS.
Happy New Year to you all, and have fun setting those goals, and running toward them in 2014! It’s time to make life more fun, to set new standards, and to better one’s life.