It's that time of year again. Soon the holidays will be a distant memory, and you'll resume your usual everyday routine. Although the dark, cold winter mornings and evenings can be bleak for training, now is the best time to take stock of the past year and what you did or didn't accomplish as a runner. Even if you have to hit the treadmill for a month or two, now is the time to start, or get back, to running.
Below, 13 of Active.com's top running contributors share their running New Year's resolutions, and their plans for how to achieve these goals. Of course, it's great to have good intentions, but it's extraordinarily empowering to become the you of your dreams.
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I have kept my 2013 very late-season focused to give me time to work on some speed, and have fun with shorter races. My ultimate focus, after trying to qualify for my sixth Ironman Hawaii at Ironman Florida 2013, will be to run a sub-2:50 marathon.
I have only broken the 3-hour mark once (with a 2:59), but my running fitness and form have drastically improved since then. Even though I wasn't excited to run an open marathon again, I recently ran the Philadelphia Marathon in memory of my friend Chris Gleason, who died there at mile 25 in 2011, and I had a good race with suboptimal fitness and a fractured forearm. Given that performance, I am re-energized to find a fun, forgiving course, and put in the training required to achieve my time goal.
With my own business and two daughters ages 3 and 7 months, my goals are happily limited. For 2013, I would like to increase my mileage to get ready to run a 10K and half marathon towards the end of the year. By next fall, I hope to be running 25 to 30 miles a week; no junk mileage.
How do I plan to reach my goal? Make time to schedule runs each week, and consistency, consistency, consistency!
My running goal for 2013 is to help train and pace my fianc? in her first marathon in June. She was an All-American runner at Dartmouth, but since starting medical school and completing her residency, she hasn't had the time she would like to train and run. Breaking three hours would mean a lot to her, and I want to make the entire training and racing experience fun for her. My plan is get back into shape so I can run most of her workouts with her. I'll be the "domestique" by helping with pacing and being there on the cold winter mornings to provide fluids, splits and support.
It's my first time coaching her. Typically, I've heard it's not a smart idea to coach a significant other (my athletes can curse me all they want, but it's not as fun when it's your fianc?. This is a one-time race, though, so it should be fun.