2014. How are you doing on your resolution?
Hello all! It’s been a while since I blogged. I have been busy with the holidays and my new job. I am still a police officer but with a different department now. I couldn’t be happier with the move.
With my schedule I did not have time to do any races in December. This is the first month in four years that I have not done a race. I took advantage of my off time to give my body a rest after a pretty intense 6 months of wedding prep and half-marathon training.
I decided to focus on two races for January, the Jackson Day Race on Jan. 12 and the Tchefuncte 5K on Jan. 25. I did pretty well at the Jackson Day race, blog to come. Hopefully I will see you at the Tchefuncte 5K. It is Saturday Jan. 25 8:00am at Madisonville Junior High in Madisonville, LA.
Another focus I have been working on is my New Years Resolution. I know it is cliché because a lot of people make them but don’t follow through. In fact only 8% of resolution makers actually follow through with their resolutions. The problem could be that people are setting themselves up to fail. Don’t say you resolve to “work out more” or “run more.” That is just too vague. At the same time don’t set unrealistic goals like you are going to run a sub 3:30 marathon this year when you have never ran one before.
I believe the key to success is a specific realistic goal. Try to take 1 minute off your 5K time or 5 minutes off of your half marathon time. If you have never ran a half marathon or full marathon before make your resolution just to complete one, no time goals.
Two years ago I made the resolution to run a sub 1:50:00 half marathon. I did not make it that year but I finally did in 2013. Sometimes goals take longer than a year to achieve but you will get there if you keep pushing. Don’t give up.
My resolution for 2014 is to break a 22 minute 5K. My best time is 22:12. 12 seconds might seem minor but it has been over two years and I still have not done it. So 12 seconds is my goal. I am going to try to incorporate more speed work into my routine and hopefully I will get there. I will keep you posted.
Good luck to everyone in 2014. Until next time.