Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions As A Runner. Start Jogging On New Year’s Eve (Or Earlier!) And Get Fit For The New Year!
On New Year’s Eve 2011 I went out for a 4 mile jog that quickly turned into a 10 mile jog.
At the time I’d only ran about 30 miles in a month as I was travelling from Stockholm to Belfast via trains and ferries most of the month and did zero running inbetween (unless you count my running for my ferry between Stranraer and Cairnryan, which was more of a lonely, weary trot!).
The reason the New Year’s Eve registers in my mind so much is that a year previously I aborted a run around my hometown at the 2 mile stage.
It was my first attempt at running outside and it started well but ended in me thinking of giving in altogether and never running outside again.
Fortunately I managed to pick myself up the next day and went out again and ran the same route, albeit a considerable bit slower.
Moving on a year, I could sense that I was beginning to backslide. I knew I had to send out a statement on the right side of 2011 that would give me a massive boost coming into the New Year.
It is far too easy to make resolutions at New Year’s and not follow through with them. By doing this I was imposing my will on the New Year before it had even arrived.
And I did exactly that with this 10 mile run. Sure it was slow and painful as hell, but I managed it. It was definitely one of my most difficult runs to date but through sheer determination I managed to keep going and round off 2011 very nicely indeed.
This has given me a platform to build on. Instead of focusing solely on my pace, I will worry about time spent on my feet. It’s far too easy to get caught up with pacing whilst out jogging.
I tend to think I’m either running too slow or too fast. I always run better when my mind is still, that way my adrenaline seems to make time dissolve altogether.
When my mind and thoughts are in overdrive I tend to feel massive mental resistance, which impedes my ability to run. I start to check my Garmin Forerunner every 0.05 miles to see if I’m much further on.
And I never am!