Happy New Year, and welcome to the fourth year of my blog! I love making New Year’s resolutions, but I have traditionally set wildly over-ambitious goals. That’s why this year, I’m keeping things a little more realistic. My 2013 running-resolution is to exercise for a total of three hours a week.
I generally like to set mileage goals because I love tracking mileage, but I think this may be the number one contributor to my injuries. Trying to meet goals often leads to pushing myself too hard too fast, and I get hurt. Case in point, I am making an “exercise” resolution instead of a “running” resolution this year because at the moment I have a stress fracture, and so running is currently off the table.
I’m sad to report that also because of my injury, this year I won’t be doing a January mile trial. I will do it as soon as I’m back in the game and have trained a tiny bit. I would like to once again congratulate Chris McDonald and Vincent Rupp for most closely guessing my mile time in my mile-time-prediction contest that I had for the last two years, and to let everyone know that I finally delivered their well-earned prizes! They each received 2013 calendars featuring extra-cute pictures of my dog Pascal and his puppy friends on every month. Hopefully I will be more timely with prizes in the future, but I’m sure that Chris and Vincent will confirm that their calendars were well worth the wait.
I hope all of you have made awesome resolutions to better/worsen yourselves as appropriate for 2013. I think about 90% of the people I’ve asked about NY resolutions have said “I don’t do resolutions because I’m too good for that and resolutions are stupid and blah blah blah.” I have worked hard to resist giving these people resolutions that I think they should set, because I assume they won’t listen to me anyway. Let me know if you came up with any amazing resolutions, or if you set one last year that you accomplished/didn’t accomplish. I certainly didn’t make my goal of 30 miles a week (that probably only happened six or seven times).
So far my resolution is off to a great start, with a solid 40 minutes of exercise logged for the year! I have also perfectly maintained my non-running resolution to not buy any shoes this year, and I feel great about my decision to not resolve to eat only one dessert a day, as I was considering. I hope yours are going just as well!