Although it is much maligned in the modern world, I’m still a big fan of the New Years resolution. The new year is a chance to start again, to imagine a better version of yourself, try to try, even if you fail.
This year I’m starting off with running goals which can be accomplished through work and time on the roads and are not dependent on a good race day performance. I’ll admit that in the back of my mind I am already thinking about 5k and marathon PRs, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For now I want to focus on what I can control – my dedication to the sport. With that in mind here are the goals.
Finally reach the 2,000 mile threshold. Maybe it is because of how much time I spend on running ahead, but the 2,000 mile a year threshold has come to represent commitment (and health) to me. Two years ago, I chased the 2k number late in the year and ended up sidelined by injury. Last year was a total disaster and I didn’t even run a thousand miles. But this year, for the first time in forever, I’m starting the year healthy and relatively fit. If I stay consistent, there is no reason I can’t hit the 2,000 mile mark.
Complete 365 loops of Prospect Park. The longer I am at the running game, the clearer it becomes that the key to success is consistency. Better to run thirty miles a week for six months injury free than fifty miles for a month and get hurt. In the past, I’ve had success with running streaks, but for me, a daily streak is just asking to get hurt. Inspired by Anton Krupicka’s goal from a couple fo years ago to average a climb of Green Mountain everyday, I’m setting the more modest goal of completing 365 loops of Prospect Park. To count, a loop has to be the longer 3.3 loop. This is the goal I am most excited about. I love the park, and I am looking forward to spending even more time in it.
Make a weekly “work out” a regular part of my running. If I want a BQ only running easy miles is not going to cut it. Whether it be a tempo run, hills, a fartlek, or whatever, I need to make something harder a regular part of my running. “Work outs” might not happen every week, but they need to happen more often than they are now.
I’ve made at least two of these goals before and failed because of injury, or life, or whatever, to reach them. But that doesn’t mean I won’t get there this year. I’m looking forward to running in the New Year. I hope you are too.
What do you think, Sam?