Happy New Year everybody!
Every year I like to end the year with a run and start the year with a run.
Well, this year I was unable to do neither.
From Friday evening until Monday mid day, I was either in bed or on the couch. It was the strangest virus that had me achy all over (even my hands and feet hurt!) and absolutely zero energy. I slept most of the weekend and finally felt human by noon on Monday.
Not exactly the way I like to start a new year!
But I’m feeling 100% better and was able to get in my first run of the year yesterday. I really had to psych myself up for that one. We have been in a deep freeze in New Hampshire. In years past, cold weather hasn’t bothered me much. Sure it’s not my favorite but I’ll get out there and get it down. I mean, I ran 20 milers in single digit temps not counting the wind chill for Boston training a few years ago and I didn’t bat a frozen eyelash at it.
Anyway, I sucked it up, bundled up and got out the door for a run in 9 degrees with a real feel of -5. It doesn’t look like it’s ending any time soon so I better get used to it!
With the calendar changing to January 1, 2018, it’s time to look at goals. I get giddy with a fresh new calendar. Did anyone else get a little more excited about the new year because it fell on a Monday? How perfect is that?!?! 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.
For the past few years, I’ve chosen a word to focus my year on. In 2017, my word was grit. I chose that word because it was supposed to be my year of going after big goals again. Grit and determination was how I was going to achieve those goals.
Oddly enough, I think grit still played a huge part in my year even though I didn’t reach my goals. I needed grit and determination to get through two injuries in one year.
This year, my word of the year is trust.
Trust…that my body is strong.
Trust…that I can stay injury free.
Trust…that I will be able to train and run a race.
Trust…that the answers will come. Maybe not today but one day.
Trust…that it’s going to be all ok.
Continue to gradually increase my running time. No mileage goals.
Continue to introduce specific running workouts – hill repeats, speed, tempo, etc – slowly back into my routine.
Continue to strength train 2-3x/week. Don’t slack on PT exercises!
Be able to do an assisted pull up (and not tweak my neck again!)
Right now, there are three races that I want to do this year:
Mount Washington Road Race (depending on if I get in through the lottery again this year)
As you can see, road races really aren’t thrilling to me at the moment.
Other than that, I may do a few snowshoe races or other races just for the fun of it during the first quarter. I’m using that time as base building to find what I really want to go after this year.
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.
What’s your word of the year?
Do you have a big goal for 2018?