Raise your hand if you made running resolutions this New Year. Now raise your hand if you’re maintaining these running resolutions a month later… please close this tab if your hand is still up. The rest of ya, keep reading!
This year, I kicked off New Years with the resolution to recover through rest, rolling, and proper nutrition. By the end of the day on January 1st, I had already dropped the ball (hah, see what I did there?). New Years resolutions are notorious for diminishing in importance as the holiday season ends and the workload picks up, so how do we stick to our goals as the days get shorter and our free time quickly disappears? With C.A.R.E.
C – Commitment
Commit to small and easily achievable goals. Breaking up the big picture into smaller, simpler ones makes tackling a task so much more digestible. Speaking of digestion, here’s an example for those of you trying to implement better nutrition. Start by swapping your mid-day snack for a more nutritious one! For many of you, I’m sure your mid-day snack or post-run treat is not cookies from the break room, but if it is, what about opting for a Powerbar or Honey Stinger Waffle?
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A – Acceptance
Accept that not every day is going to be perfect. No resolution is going to lead to instant perfection. All you can do is your best, and that’s what matters. I accepted that I fell off the horse (I won’t drop an awful pun on you again) on day one, and I moved past it; I’m proud to say that I rolled and ate well on January 2nd. See? No harm, no foul! So what if you miss one, two, 120 of 2017’s 365 days? You’re still making changes to the rest of those days. Mad props.
R – Responsibility
Be responsible for your promises to yourself! I know this seems contrary to everything I said about acceptance, but it’s true. There’s give and take in being successful with your goals, and sometimes you need to be responsible and make sacrifices to make that happen. For example, while enjoying a game night with friends, I grab my marathon stick and roll out or sit on my favorite spiky ball. I’ve got the time right then and there, so I’m responsible and I take consciously advantage of my opportunity!
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E – Excitement
If you aren’t excited for the outcome of your resolutions, there’s not much to keep you motivated outside of serious discipline. Stay excited for what these resolutions are going to
bring you in the long term. Whether that’s solid recovery, higher mileage, healthier habits, or simply getting up off the couch and moving, you’re making positive changes that will benefit you! To keep myself stoked to roll, I give myself a small reward each time (1/2 of a Clif Nut Butter Filled Bar)… I’m simultaneously feeding my nut butter filled Clif bar addiction in doing so, but that’s for another time.
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Sierra balances an overflowing schedule of work, college, and running, and can relate to any 20-something who’s trying to figure out life. Her running is her kind of self-care – and also the small amount of time that she gets to spend with herself every day, coming before all else (except her dog, Butters).