Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Year's resolutions

At this time of year many already have or are in the making of their New Year's resolutions.

First things first - I hope you all have a had a lovely Christmas and a great New Years eve, and that you have had a great start on 2017. As mentioned at the start of this post, many - or at least some - make New Year's resolutions. It can be about anything: be better your job, do more sports, make more friends, travel more often, etc. 

Many people make resolutions about wanting to loose weight, do more exercise, or be more fit in the new year, and use the switching between the old and the new year to bind themselves to that challenge or commitment. 

I think it's a great way to commit yourself to do changes in your life and possibly team up with friends or family to stick to the plan. I guess many are waiting for some kind of break or event to commit to do changes in their lives. There's probably a logical reason for this hidden within the human brain, why we tend to wait till Monday, or after the vacation, or after Christmas or New Years to commit ourselves to start doing it.

Personally, I usually don't make New Year's resolutions myself. Instead I try to make the changes and commitments along the way. I find this easier and I don't have to wait until New Year to get started. However, I may wait until Monday though... 😉

I've had a great year of running in 2016 and I'm very pleased with what I've done (See previous post here).

These are my goals for 2017:

  • Attend more club runs:
    Last year I started joining some Thursday-runs with Headington Road Runners, based not far from where I live. I've had some thoughts on joining the club from some time, and I went there 10th of November last year for the first time. It was great fun and I got to run in places I've never been in Oxford with some kind and friendly people 😄
    This year I want to join the club as a member and be attending more of these club-runs to spice up my training a bit.
  • Run more kilometers than in 2016:
    I've had some progressive years regarding my yearly-mileage of running, and I simply want to beat last years mileage-PB of 3722km 
  • 100 mile race:
    I want to do a 100 mile race at some point. I haven't found the right one just yet, but I've got some in my mind, which I could do. I'll get back to that when I've decided. Hopefully I'll get to do a few other races as well.
  • 24h race:
    I also want to try a 24 hour race. Again I have some that I would like to do, and I'll get back to it, when I've decided.
  • Improve core strength:
    I want to improve my core strength this year, so I have already started doing some exercises during the week to hopefully improve my overall fitness and strength but also my overall endurance in both running and kayaking.
Whether you do use New Years as an excuse to make changes in your life or you just make the changes when needed, I hope you get to do the changes you want. Just remember to have fun while doing it 😊

Here's to great new year!! 😎
See you all out there!!

Best M. 

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