Tuesday, January 1, 2013


I generally avoid making New Year's Resolutions because 1) if I tell myself I'm going to eat healthier or stop procrastinating or whatever, I know I'll break it in a couple of days, and 2) why wait until New Year's to fix things you're doing wrong? That's a lot of pressure...I'd rather start on a Monday, and then if I screw up, I have another chance next week! So I don't believe I've made a New Year's Resolution since elementary school. However, given the phone conversation I had about an hour ago, as well as a suggestion that ended up being posted on Twitter, I think it's time to get back on the Resolution train and be less of a negative headcase about my training. Now obviously, this isn't the best goal, since it's not specific, measurable, or time-bound (though I would argue that it is somewhat attainable and relevant), but seeing as I already have actual running-related goals, I figure it's better to keep this one low-pressure (but hopefully not so low that I just forget about it). My mental game is probably the weakest part of my running, and it's not unusual for me to hear someone say they did a workout like 18 at marathon pace or 20 with the last 10 at marathon pace and for me to freak because there's no way I can do a workout like that and that must mean that my marathon pace is too ambitious (false...my marathon went fine despite the fact that there's no way I'd be able to run either of those workouts untapered and in the middle of marathon training...although mad props to those of you who do).

So, to begin this year of positivity, on to track season! I'm hoping that my store team order comes in soon, because I have a pair of Brooks Wire 2s on order, and track season just isn't track season without spikes! (I actually do have a pair of Nike Zoom Ws from college, but if any of you did something like, say, ran the steeplechase in college, then after your last track meet in spring 2007, threw your still-wet spikes in a non-breathable spike bag, stashed them in the back of your closet, and then didn't really touch them again until last week, well, then you know why I'm really hoping to get my Wires before my first track meet. I already wore them last week for a track workout when the track was icy and flats just weren't going to fly, but the upper was stiff and weird and they smelled like death).

So tell me...do you all make resolutions, or not so much? And if you do, what are your resolutions for 2013?


  1. Hey Becki,

    You've got me thinking. I've always believed in setting goals, but not necessarily at this time.

    I do have a few modest ones though. I'd like to get my core into a little better shape and run more races this year. I only did three in 2012 and the last one was run just after being sick.

    With my mileage reduced to 20 or so miles per week, I've had to readjust my running expectations. I did have some success with the pickups workout you suggested last year before I screwed my left leg up playing Wiffleball on Labor Day.

    All in all, I'm still running every other day and have been mostly injury free, despite a left knee issue occasionally. Damn that medial meniscus repair!

    Good luck with your goals this year.


    1. Ooh, I should probably do the core thing too. I hate doing core, and end up never doing it.

      On the racing thing, let me direct you to my buddy Molly's blog: http://asicsmolly.blogspot.com/2013/01/peroneal-tendonitis-art-and-racingoh-my.html She makes a point in this post about racing, even when you're not in PR shape. I think it's relevant to what you're saying about doing more races despite needing to readjust your expectations based on your training! Good luck this year!

  2. Thanks for the detail on Molly's blog. I'll check it out. And that core thing-it can be tough to discipline yourself to do it.

  3. Belated Happy New Year, Becki! I usually don't make resolutions...I just prefer to do what I need to do when I need to do it, haha. As far as training goes, I don't really set specific goals, because I get sucked into the head games, too. I have enough to worry about with the physical aspects of running; I don't need to constantly psych myself out, too.

    My mental game has been kicking my butt lately, so a generic goal for 2013 is to turn that around. For now I just hope to get my leg back to 100% and build my mileage back up with no pressure or numeric goals. I'll reevaluate several times throughout the year and go from there when it comes to races and workouts. Regression really sucks though, and the only PR I set in 2012 was by default when I ran my first marathon. :/


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