Sometimes it's difficult to come up with interesting things to talk about, but this time of year it's a bit easier. I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions, but when it comes to running, this is a great opportunity to take a look at the past year, see what you've accomplished, and where you can improve for 2016.
Perhaps it will sound like a broken record, but the first step has to be goal setting. Most everyone already has a spring goal race chosen, but think about the whole year and what you want to accomplish. Of course than can be setting new PR's etc, but it doesn't HAVE to be. One of Jack Daniels favourite lines is that we should have a goal in every race. That could be trying to go out quicker at the beginning of the race and see where it takes you, or conversely if you tend to go out too quick, it could be better pacing. Think of your overall ability as a runner and where your weaknesses are.....and figure out ways to improve these. If you'd like our input, we're more than willing to help.
For the next 'resolution', think of running as a lifelong activity, and every year, find new ways to keep it fresh! Try something new....obvious ones here are running half / full marathons if you haven't but how about including a short course triathlon.....or a trail run....maybe a Mud Run / Warrior Dash etc. would be fun? These are totally individual decisions, but now is the time to think of some way to make running in 2016 new or more interesting to you.
Another activity which falls into this category is 'giving back to others'. We rightly focus on our own running, but at the same time, we must recognize that 'it's not all about me'. Perhaps you can volunteer at a race as a course marshal.....there are lots of opportunities to work with disabled athletes through Access Athletics (Blair Jameson's group).....offer to pace someone for a race that's important to them. These are just a few thoughts but I'm sure you get the idea.
And to end off, here are a couple of other points which may sound opposite but really aren't. Be realistic about your goals, but at the same time, DARE to DREAM! It's true of most areas in life, but in running more than almost any other area, you get out of it what you put into it! You can accomplish great things with desire, consistency and hard work! Don't sell yourself short.....2016 can be the best year of your running career!
Enjoy the challenge!