Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and fabulous New Year's. The Jayhawk arrived home on New Year's Eve and then was asleep before 9 (ah, jetlag) so no crazy celebrations for us, being in the same time zone was good enough. A lack of silly hats and celebration doesn't mean I'm not excited about what's ahead in 2015. As I am slowly piecing together a racing wishlist and plan for the year, I took the time to develop a few new goals and challenges for the New Year. I like to have concrete goals each year (goals like "Do this more" or "Improve at that" never works for me) and while I don't hinge the success of a year on them, goals are a way to move outside my comfort zone and ensure that I'm always experiencing something new.
2. PR the 5k. Ug, I know. I hate the 5k. But I also know I'll never bother to race one unless I make it a goal. Without the lure of donuts, donations, or beer, I avoid 5ks like the plague and that is exactly why I am putting it on my goals list. This goal is outside of my comfort zone and even makes me make grumpy faces. Hopefully with a little more effort and focus, I can grow to embrace the utility of the 5k. Note: this doesn't mean I have to start to like them.
3. One adventure a month. Though I didn't get to complete all my field trips and new items during my December challenges, I really liked the idea and had fun planning them. I decided to finish/modify the challenge for 2015 by having the goal of one running field trip or adventure each month. It can be a new location, new running buddy, or just a totally different way of approaching a run. My hope is that it will push me to mix it up and explore things outside my usual routine.
4. Have fun and smile. Always important to remember that I run because it's fun and enjoy it so much. Everything else is just a bonus.
Here's to training hard, smart, and with a smile.
Do you make running goals? What do you hope to accomplish in the new year?