Pushing the Running Reset Button

I love a clean slate. There is power in knowing that you can start over, push reset, and get a do-over. A new year means opportunity and I enjoy nothing more than setting goals to make the most of my clean slate. For example, I’m reading the Bible all the way through this year, with a focus on scripture memory. I’ve read it through many times before, but in 2017, I’m committing to memorize more scripture. When it comes to running, I am definitely pushing the reset button in 2017.

This time last year, I was jumpstarting my training for the RunDisney Glass Slipper Challenge during the Princess Half Marathon weekend. After an amazing race weekend, I ran a few other races during the year, but didn’t train consistently in order to keep my miles up. Even worse, I really slacked off when John got going on his TCS NYC Marathon training. I hate getting up super early, so it was hard for me to run consistently, especially when he often had to get 8-10 miles in before work during the week. I didn’t meet all of my running resolutions for 2016, but learned a lot about my capabilities and am ready to work towards meeting this year’s goals.

Running Resolution #1: Run 600 Miles in 2017 – In 2016, my goal was to run 1,000 miles. In retrospect, that wasn’t going to happen. It was a lofty goal with my schedule and I obviously didn’t complete it. This year, I’m shooting for 600 miles. While 1,000 was too many, I feel like 500 would be too easy, so 600 it is. Super scientific, huh?

Running Resolution #2: Make my miles count with Charity Miles – Charity Miles is an app that enables you to earn money for charity every time you run. Basically, you choose your charity from their list of 37 different organizations, then get your miles in. Based on how far you go, money is earned for your charity from major corporate sponsors. There is a teams feature where you can run with a community and make a collective impact for your chosen charity. In 2017, I’m running for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and I’m a proud member of the Hogwarts Running Club, Team Ravenclaw. Hogwarts Running Club also puts on virtual races throughout the year, so if you are a Potter fan and enjoy running, these are your people.

Running Resolution #3: Become a stronger runner in 2017 – I want to be a stronger, faster, more consistent runner this year. I’m going to develop a plan to strength train in order to become stronger. This means I will work on my core this year. I repeat, I will work on my core this year! Follow my Run Princess Run Pinterest page for tips on strength training. I’m also going to fuel my body with proper nutrition in order to become stronger. I recently bought the Runner’s World Cookbook that includes a plethora of recipes created specifically for training, recovery, and more. Will I still eat pizza this year? Um, absolutely.

So, these are my goals for 2017. I’m signed up to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon the first weekend in February, so I’m hitting these goals hard first thing tomorrow. If you see me, ask me how my running resolutions are going. I welcome accountability and encouragement in any form. Like I said, I love a clean slate and I’m ready to write my running story for 2017, one step at a time.

2017 Miles to Go: 600

 

 

 

 

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