Whether you think New Year’s Resolutions are silly and outdated, or you can’t wait to make yours every year, we can all probably agree that most of us have something about ourselves we could stand to improve. I, for one, have a lot of things in the health and fitness arena that I could get better at, and I would likely emerge as a stronger runner for it. Unfortunately, there’s no chance of me doing any of these things.
- Figure out what a superfood is and then eat one: I can’t even count the number of magazines I’ve seen with big bold headlines saying “TOP 5 SUPERFOODS FOR RUNNERS.” I can, however, count the number of times I’ve ever read one of those articles: 0. Unless the new superfoods are pasta and beer, I haven’t yet found a way to be interested.
- Actually do a scheduled workout correctly: I’m the worst pacer in the world. I never manage to exactly hit my prescribed paces for a workout. Be it a long run, intervals, or something in between, I just can’t seem to land where I need to be. I should probably rectify this, but apparently I prefer to just continue running too fast or too slow.
- Know something about a given marathon before I reach the start line: Since I’m on a quest to run a marathon in every state, I often just sign up for races that seem fun without knowing much about them. I can’t tell you the last time I looked at an elevation chart or a course map. And I never know what time the race starts. I tend to rely on my friends for this information. However it comes back to bite me when I realize they’re just as lazy as I am and now no one knows what time to wake up.
- Check running shorts and tights for pockets before purchasing: I own so many pairs of tights and shorts without pockets that it is actually ridiculous. WHY ARE THESE STILL BEING MADE?
- Stop taking myself so seriously: Despite most of my coworkers thinking that I have a medal because I actually won the marathon, I haven’t set any world records yet. I probably should stop beating myself up over bad runs and races since no one is holding their breath waiting for me to qualify for the Olympics.