Notice the word – Goal, not resolution because I feel resolution always has a negative connotation. As soon as you say the word resolution it seems people are wondering when you will break it.
So if resolutions are made to be broken, goals are made to be met, and sometimes even demolished, crushed, and dominated.
However, as you notice the title says 2014 goal, singular, not plural.
Last year I set 9 big goals: 3 running, 3 health, and 3 personal.
What I didn’t take into account were the millions of little goals, activities, and commitments that go into meeting each and every goal, and so my 2013 list exploded into a mammoth amount of things I needed to do in order to reach all nine goals.
The effect of this – I was overwhelmed and fell short on many of my goals.
This year I am setting myself up for success with one main goal:
I feel like I missed out on so many of my 2013 goals because I was constantly injured and always running in pain. Therefore, my one big, huge 2014 goal is to be able to run injury free.
I know I cannot just snap my fingers and get healthy, so I identified 4 steps I can take to help myself on my road to healing.
First, I will continue to see my amazing sports med chiropractor once a week.
He always makes me feel better and has tons of helpful tips.
Also, I am going to be better about stretching and foam rolling daily.
I am great about remembering after my long runs, but as someone who is chronically injured I need to remember every day. I think I might write this and my daily workout on my to do list every day in order to stay on track.
Next, my doctor suggested that I strength train more.
He believes if my body is stronger it will be injured less. Currently I strength train rarely, if ever. I am going to start out slow, but after New Orleans I want to be up to two decent strength workouts a week.
Finally, my body needs to recover.
After the New Orleans marathon I am going to step it back a notch. I plan on doing a lot more spinning, my favorite form of cross training, and lifting to keep my fitness level up; however, I will be cutting back to only running 3 days a week. On top of that I will be running shorter distances with no rigid training calendar. Which means if I go out for a run, am in pain, and stop after 2 miles that is fine, no marathon long runs required.
If you had to choose one goal for 2014 what would it be?