Hey there blog-world friends…

There is something about a new year that I love. I think it might be that idea of having a clean slate and a fresh start. Though I don’t exactly make new year’s resolutions, I do try to look at what I accomplished last year, what I hope to accomplish this year and attempt make a few changes.

I couldn’t help but be inspired by Anthony’s last ‘ask the trainer’ post about goal setting. Really every piece of advice in that post was something that I needed to hear. I had told myself that after the holidays I would start training for my next half marathon. The first week in January came and went with no plan. The same thing happened the second week, then I made myself re-read his post again… Anthony was onto something. If I just kept thinking about the idea of running 13 miles, I would never get started. What I need to do is break my training down his into small incremental and attainable goals.

I tried to keep the concepts in mind that Anthony addressed in his blog post… make goals specific, short term and measurable. Because I haven’t been running consistently, I knew I needed to start small. On top of my regular workout routine, I decided to add three, 3 miles runs per week and I would do this for the next four to six weeks. I also downloaded a goals app on my phone, called Strides. This app allows me to easily set and track my goals, as well as sends me reminders if I haven’t completed something. Along with this specific race training goal, I set others around water intake, tracking my diet and even one to ensure I am reading something new a few days a week. I’ve only been using the app for about a week now, but I am pretty happy with it so far!

The other part of Anthony’s post that really resonated with me was the idea of having a buddy. Honestly I am not great at running in groups, but I do love signing up for races with friends who want to run too. I already have plans to do the Running of the Green in March, the BolderBOULDER and even the Colfax Relay with friends and I am super excited about them. I know this will make training a bit more fun and will be a great way to keep me accountable.

For a while I had been dreading training for another half marathon. It’s time consuming and requires quite a bit of thought and effort, but I am actually feeling excited about it again. I love seeing how far I can push myself and I love trying to beat my old personal records. The last half marathon I ran was over six years ago, and I ran it in 2 hours and 30 minutes. I am excited to try to beat this time, but I know I need to take things one step at a time in order accomplish this. With some focus, I know I can get to where I need to be. I look forward to keeping you posted on my race training and seeing what I can accomplish- stay tuned!

Happy Running!