Starting over, AGAIN!
It’s 2022 and the first month of the year is just about over. Like many people, you probably started the year out with a New Year’s resolution or two. That’s a wonderful way to begin the year by wiping the slate clean. The bad news is by the end of the first month, about one in three people have already broken those resolutions and given up. To those of you who have still managed to hang in there and are on track to accomplishing those goal, kudos to you! You are awesome! For those you stumbled and fell this first month, you too are awesome! You tried, you didn’t succeed, BUT you still have eleven more months of the year. There is no rule that says you can’t start over, again. January is a long, cold month. I only managed to get two runs in this month. A personal 5K on New Year’s Day so that I could start the year running, and the Shiver By the River 10K on January 16th. My New Year’s Day run is a ‘new tradition’ I first began on January 1st 2020 with my running friend Steve.
It was cold, but we did it together. I do it solo now, but we all have to start somewhere and that was the beginning.
I encourage all runners to start the year out with a New Year’s Day run. It’s a way of setting the year up. You can tie this in with any number of personal Virtual Races if there is no local in person race, and you can earn a medal to commemorate the occasion. But it’s vitally important to start the year with a run to set your mind for the year ahead. If you didn’t do this in 2022, plan to do it on January 1st, 2023. A runner runs!
Also be sure to sign up for the Run The Year Challenge from Run The Edge. Registration includes a tracker app that you can pair to your Strava or Garmin so you can track your mileage for the entire year . Last year I only managed to run just over 300 miles, but hopefully I’ll do better this year. In order to run the entire 2022 miles, I needed to achieve a 5.54 mile every single day. I fell short by missing most of the month. Now to achieve my goal, I need to up the mileage to 6.6 miles per day, every day for the rest of the year. You need to challenge yourself and keep motivated, this is a great way to do that.
So IF you fell short of your resolution in January, all is not lost. Begin again on February 1st. February is a cold month, but it’s also the shortest month. I have 3 in-person live races slated that I plan to run. Once again, these winter months are brutal, but the key is not to quit! Winners never quit, and you are a winner, not a quitter. Grab those running shoes and go for a run! The ONLY goal I task you with is to run more miles in February than you did in January. That’s it. I can do it, and so can you!
You can find me at these upcoming local races
Arctic Blast 5K February 5 @ 10:00 am Reading PA
Shiver by The River 10K Winter Race Series #3 of 4 February 13th @ 10:00am Muhlenberg PA
Ugly Mudder 9.5K Trail Race February 19 @ 10:00 am Reading PA
Be sure to check back on February 13th 2022 for another article.
As always, I wish you success and happiness!