Happy New Year!
Does anyone else get really excited when January 1st rolls around and you’ve got a blank calendar/planner to fill in with all the important dates of the year?
By the end of the year, the calendar looks messy and tired. I like the freshness of a clean slate. A place to plan. A place to set goals to hit throughout the whole year.
In years past, I’ve shared my running goals for the year. Now that I’m back to running, I’ve got tons of ideas swirling around in my head. Lots of dreams and aspirations. But there’s one thing holding me back from putting it out into the universe.
I’m so afraid that I’m going to end up injured yet again. My injury at Boston completely took me by surprise. I thought I was doing every single damn thing right. Cross training. Strength training. Yoga. Foam rolling/The Stick. Everything.
And then BAM!! I’m injured. For 8 months.
I completely abandoned all my goals for 2015 after that. My new goal was to return to running.
Thankfully, I did!
Now I’m looking at 2016 and scared of the possibility of having a repeat year of heartbreak.
I’ve thought of not setting any goals for the year. Maybe I should choose One Word to guide my year and then let it pan out as it may? When I started to think of One Word, I kept going back to Confidence. Confidence in myself and abilities has taken a nose dive. It drives my fear.
I don’t want to live in fear.
I want to find my confidence in myself as a runner again.
Ever since April, I’ve had one huge goal on my brain – Redemption Marathon. I need to show myself that I can run a marathon. It’s been eating at me for 8 months. With the start of the new year, I’ve had thoughts of going goal crazy – PR in the 5k, 10k, 10 mile, half marathon, 20 mile, marathon.
- Continue to gradually increase my running time. No mileage goals.
- Introduce specific running workouts – speed, tempo, etc – slowly back into my routine.
- Continue to strength train 2-3x/week. Don’t slack on PT exercises!
- Establish a schedule of massage work every 4-6 weeks to work on my pesky calf.
- Run a 5k or 5 miler race in March.
Above all, I will:
- Find joy in all my running.
- Be thankful for every run.
The big lesson learned in 2015 was that every run is a gift. Never take that for granted.
Now that I’ve let go of the pressure of setting major goals for myself at this time, I’m feeling a little relief. I need some more time before I can think of PR’s. If the first quarter goes well, then I will let myself go there. I want 2016 to my marvelous year in running.
Stay tuned to see how the story unfolds!
What are your goals for 2016?
Do you have a One Word?