By: Dawn Garland
Happy 2015 fellow runners! I hope that the holidays were lovely all the way around for you and that you're ready to tackle the new year with gusto. Well, at least with a smile if nothing else. Quick question- were you agonizing over a New Year's resolution the entire last week of December? If I got asked once, I got asked a dozen times what my resolutions were. Now, I've always said that I don't make New Year's resolutions. (Of course, I also used to say that I'd never run. So, I guess we've all learned to take what I say with a grain of salt.) According to research, only 8% of people who make resolutions actually stick to them. EIGHT PERCENT. Seriously?
I checked Webster's for all our sakes, and guess what? The actual definition of resolution is "the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc." Well. Isn't that interesting. Kind of puts a whole new spin on things. So I started thinking about what sort of conflict exists around my running. Sure, everyone wants to be faster or better or set a bunch of PR's. Heck, I just want to come back successfully from an injury. And then I realized that my biggest conflict when it comes to running is ME. What am I talking about? Well, let me give you an example. Two weekends ago, I was sick as a dog. When I woke up Sunday morning for my long run, I knew that I wasn't going to be able to do it. There was no way that it was going to happen. And yet, I kicked my own butt and chewed myself out for days afterwards for not running. Did that do me any good? No. Neither does getting frustrated with myself when I don't run at the speed that I think I should. Did I get the miles in? Yes. Did I die? No. I'd say it was a successful run, then.
All that being said, I decided that my resolution for 2015 was forgiveness. I am going to be more forgiving towards myself and my body. A negative mindset does nothing to further my progress. Quite the opposite for me, actually. Why am I so willing to cut others so much slack, but I get none of that? Now, I'm not saying this is going to be easy for me. It's going to take work. But nothing worth having comes easy, right?
So think about it- when it comes to you and your running, what is a conflict that you've recognized? What can't you shake? That's where your resolution should kick in. How can running in 2015 be better overall for you? Roll that one around and come up with a plan.
Ok, ok- for those of you who are sticklers for the rules, I do have an ACTUAL, tangible resolution as well. I'm going to do much better about stretching post-run. I figure my hamstrings will thank me in the long run.
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Dawn Garland is a native of Tampa, Florida. She reads, she writes, she knits, and does not believe that any other college football conference can ever live up to the SEC. Dawn works at the University of Georgia as an analyst/consultant and her biggest accomplishment in life so far is the walking, talking, sports almanac that is her eight year old son.