January is considered a month for resolve, renewal and rejuvenation. Oh, and resolutions too. But that’s a lot of pressure. Instead of making daunting, unrealistic or too-easily-broken resolutions, set reasonable goals and take action to achieving those objectives and put yourself on a consistent path for an epic year.
Make a long-term plan for what you want to accomplish in the spring, summer or fall—whether that means getting fit for a half-marathon, running your fastest marathon, planning a vacation around a destination race or tackling your first 50-mile ultra—and then set out smart steps it will take to get you there. Maybe your goal is to get fit, lose 10 pounds and get stoked about how you look and feel everyday. That’s great too, but it’s not going to happen on its own. You need to make a plan and get after it!
Start this week! Commit to those goals. Download a training program. Join a weekly running group. Hire a coach. Sign up for fitness classes. Buy new running shoes. Do 100 sit-ups every morning as soon as you wake up. Just start doing it. Right now. Then you can add some push-ups. And yoga twice a week. Don’t wait until the first week of January zips by. The bottom line is that there is no magic bullet, no fancy new workout and no next-generation digital app that is going to help you reach your goals. The only path is through hard work, relentless dedication and living a healthy, balanced life. Only you can control your destiny, so get after it!
Work, school, family and daily tasks can get in the way, but only if you allow it. Plan your week around specific daily workout times and make it happen. Aside from long weekend runs and races, it really only takes an hour a day (or sometimes even less) to put you on the path to achieving your goals. It won’t happen unless you make it happen on a regular basis.
I have an old Nike T-shirt with a slogan that reminds me that what we do is pretty simple: “Eat right. Get plenty of sleep. Go like hell.” That sums it up right there. Set goals, take small steps and be relentless in your pursuit in the new year.