I love the bit between Christmas and new year.
Like everyone, I like to indulge a little. Let my hair down. Eat rubbish, and “take a drink”.
But eventually – after a few days – I get a little bored with enjoying myself and start thinking about the year ahead. Trying to make plans.
Again, like most of mankind, new year’s resolutions have never been my strong point.
So as December 2013 drew to a close, I decided to write down my running goals for 2014.
I’d read that if you don’t articulate your goals, your real goals, and commit to them, like all those gone-by-the-wayside new year’s resolutions, you’ll never achieve them.
So I wrote a blog post. And here it is.
One year on, in today’s post, I’m going to see if I achieved my stated objectives, and outline my targets for 2015. And if you’re a runner, I’d urge you to do the same. Having clear objectives which you’ve told people about (even if it’s just your mates) certainly helped me. It could help you too.
Summary: four out of five ain’t bad. And considering all my training gears towards marathons (as that’s what’s important to me) I’m pretty pleased with the marathon and half times. Did I say pretty pleased, what I meant was, ecstatic!
And 2015? This year I’m going to keep it simple. No stretch goals. In order of importance:
So, that’s enough goal-setting for one day. I hope it’s given you, as a fellow runner, cause to think about what you want to achieve this year. And if you think you haven’t got time/can’t devote the energy/are too old…stop making excuses. I turned 42 this year, have two young kids, set up my own business, and the most I’ve averaged during three truncated marathon training blocks (12, eight and four weeks) is 54 miles per week. As Jimmy Cliff said…you can get it if you really want.
And finally, in line with last year’s posts, here are my top six most vivid running memories from 2014:
And finally, here’s my running year in four pictures:
Happy new year when it comes. And may all your running experiences in 2015 be rewarding.