My year started off with a super chilly 10k run at the Polar Dash in Minneapolis! This was actually my first 10k and for how cold it was, I'm super happy with my results. I finished in 58:10, keeping my goal pace of 9:22/ minute. I will admit that this was a very painful race at first with frozen feet, but once my feet thawed, I had a fun run. The course was great with hills for the first three miles, then mostly downhill for the last three. I should have just kept going for the 14 mile race; maybe then I wouldn't have gotten so cold afterwards waiting for my friend to run the 5k! But oh well, a race is in the books for the year already. A race is a great way to start out 2014!!
Now I'm not one to make resolutions on New Year's. I probably did last year, but I couldn't tell you what they were without looking. Resolutions are things that are forgotten by February usually and I choose to set goals throughout the year instead.
This year, I do have quite a few running goals. Surprise, surprise!
First, I signed up for the Run This Year Challenge. You choose to run either 2,014 miles or kilometers throughout the year. (You can also set your own running goal.) I signed up for the kilometers, which is 1,251.4 miles and averages to 24 miles per week. Totally doable for me since I've been averaging 32 to 35 miles currently. I might still go for the miles in the end, but we'll see!
Second, my goal is to run 14 races in 2014. I would need to find a race a month, plus two months run two races. I'm going to start planning out my race calendar this weekend! And I already have one done!!
Third, I want to run three half marathons and my first full marathon in 2014. I think I already have all these races picked out - I'll do half marathons in March, July and October and my full marathon in June.
Other than those goals (with plans and deadlines going in place!) I have no resolutions. However, I did see this that intrigued me ...
“My One Word” is an experiment designed to move you beyond [the resolutions] cycle.
The challenge is simple: lose the long list of changes you want to make this year and instead
pick ONE WORD.
This process provides clarity by taking all your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single focus.
Just one word that centers on your character and creates a vision for your future.
So what's my one word that will shape 2014?
Well, in part it's because I know I need to not be afraid of running my first marathon. I need to tackle those training runs and that big race without fear. I can't back out because I get afraid of the daunting mileage. I need to be fearless.
Also, I think I'm afraid of many things in life. Things I don't usually talk about on here....
I'm afraid of dating and how that would change my life. I will admit, I'm afraid of letting someone into my world again.
I'm afraid to speak up often with my work. To speak up for what I want.
I'm afraid to do things on my own like going to see a play, get dinner, etc. because of what people might say about me. I'm getting better, but I still spend most nights at home and am stuck in a rut.
I need to approach these things with a different attitude and be fearless.
So that's what I'm going to focus on more this year. Running, of course! :) And take more chances, step out of my comfort zone more and just be fearless.
Do you make resolutions? Or have any running goals like me? What would your "one word" be?
Until next time~