Running Resolutions for 2013

1 Jan

JustKeepGoing

I’m not big on setting New Year’s resolutions because I believe change can happen any time of year, but it seemed appropriate this time around. A lot of great things happened for me in 2012 – getting married to the love of my life, starting a new professional endeavor, and running my first half-marathon, to name a few. Here are the things I would like to focus on in regards to running in 2013:

1. Eat healthier and more runner-friendly. I’m not looking to make drastic changes like becoming a raw-tarian, but I would like to be more conscious of my food choices so I can be healthier, leaner, and stronger. I’m starting with going back to eating less excess sugar (I was most definitely a cookie monster this holiday season).

2. Run at least 2 half-marathons this year. Now that I’ve run one, why not? I loved the experience and feel two would be twice as fun!

3. Better yet, run more races overall. Besides the half-marathon, I only ran a couple of 5K’s in 2012. I’d like to bump that up this year and sign up for a few more this time around. I’d like to get some variety with adding a 10K and 15K, too.

4. Be consistent with strength training. I have to admit, I’m a slacker when it comes to getting in strength training.  I know it’s an important component of being a strong runner, so I aim to make it a regular part of my running routine and sticking to it.

5. Be more active in running clubs. I’m a member of two local running clubs, but I haven’t really taken advantage of the full benefits (read: group runs, banquets, open meetings, volunteering, etc.). I’d like to be more involved this year and hopefully make some new runner friends.

6. Find a regular running buddy. Running alone can be great, but it can be lonely and boring at times. It’d be great to have someone to plan runs with regularly or to have running dates once in a while.

7. Take good care of my body. I will work on increasing awareness to my body’s needs and take better measures to prevent injuries.

8. Just keep going. This was my mantra during training and running the half-marathon and I will just extend it and make it this year’s theme.

Most importantly, I will remain realistic and flexible in my expectations and goals as I look forward to another year of running. Pretty soon I will be back on the road again and I can’t wait to get moving!

Happy New Year and best wishes on your goals for 2013!

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