Not being a fan of setting myself up for disappointment, I’ve never been one for making New Year’s resolutions (maybe yours don’t turn out that way, but mine do). However, I strongly believe that goals are extremely important, both in running and in life in general. They are critical to improvement and maintaining focus and motivation. Every year is a new journey and it always helps to start any journey with a clear direction. So every November or December, while coming down from my last race high for the year, I start to think about what my running goals and focus will be for the upcoming year. Last year, around this time, I set two running goals for 2013.
|I’ve always wished that it was socially acceptable to wear my race medals around and now I can 🙂|
|You can’t see it through my sunglasses, but I was in tears. Best. Day. Ever.|
- I’m older now and more self-aware.
- I’ve learned that sometimes less really is more and that you have to rest and recover because strength comes from the re-building not the tearing down.
- Having suffered (and come back from) some pretty serious over-training injuries (ex. dislocated foot joint, fractured hip) in recent years, I no longer harbor delusions of invincibility. I respect my body, what it can do and its limitations.
- I have an incredible support system in my wonderful husband, mom, sisters, family and friends whose unwavering faith in me gives me the strength to believe that I can accomplish anything. I am unbelievably blessed.
- I have some of the most incredibly talented coaches and trainers (Corey, Luke, Byrd, Steve, and Randall at GoPerformance) whose guidance built the foundation that allowed my body to get stronger with every mile/class rather than slowly breaking down as it had always done in the past. It’s also worth noting that with their help, I have racked up a number of pretty impressive non-running accomplishments this year as well. This incredible crew has taught me that the person I thought I was is no match for the person I really am.