I really love the New Year. Everything is shiny and new. A fresh start. New challenges to look forward too. A time you can plan adventures and resolutions. A time to shake of any disappointments or issues of the old year. A time to guesstimate how many new medals you will acquire by the end of the year....(fingers crossed for double digits).
This morning I took off to tackle one of my resolutions or goals for 2015 which is to run/walk/hike 2,015 miles this year.
7.4 miles done- 6.4 running and 1 mile walking. I decided on a familiar route to kick off the year.
|Northeast trails for the win.|
|Trail selfie- see it actually happened. Side note- it is freakin cold outside.|
Other goals for 2015- PR in 5k, half and marathon. Get stronger- mentally and physically, Continue to try to eat as healthy as possible, hello fruits and vegetables (and in moderation chocolate and wine and cheese because I only live once). Read more books. Try new things or pick up old hobbies (knitting, playing the flute aka do other things besides run). Have a lot of freakin fun!
The thing I hate about the New Year is that people (including myself) have a tendency to treat it as magical and the one day out of 364 other days they can decide to make a change or set a goal. Yes there is some nice symmetry there but it is just a day. The New Year is not magical, nor is Monday, or the start of the month or any other designated time you think holds some sort of special power and will be a good jumping off point to start something new. A random Thursday in February works too. Don't set yourself up for failure by deeming this day as the only chance you will have to make positive changes. Don't limit the opportunities you have to make positive changes.
Also setting tons of resolutions and deciding a life overhaul happening all at once is the way to go is also setting yourself up for failure. Pick one thing and do it for a month. February add something else and do that for a month. It takes most of us about 30 days to make something a habit and we don't like change. Chip away at it. Little changes can add up over time to big results.
The other thing I don't love is if we don't stick to our resolutions we feel like failures. Be kind to yourself. Remember change is hard. Try, try again. I have found that showing up is half the battle. Show up for yourself every day. Give it your best effort. If it doesn't go as planned or you have an off day, let it go. That is the great thing of no magical days to start over or try again, there is less pressure...there is always just tomorrow.
Happy New Year everybody!! May 2015 be a great one!