In 2016, I did not have any GOALS. No yearly goals. No monthly or weekly goals. Not even any race goals.
But I still had hopes and dreams and those morphed into thinking about speed. I often whined about my finish times and lamented that I could have done better in many of the races where I didn’t PR.
But in truth, I am not one of those runners who thinks that “they have a faster race in them.” I really have NO IDEA. I may. I may not. That doesn’t mean that I won’t try. And I will give each race my best efforts.
It means that I don’t want to obsess about it. I don’t want to be disappointed with my speed. It is what it is. I am neither fast nor slow. I am a MIDDLE OF THE PACKER (MOTP).
In 2017, I want to enjoy each race and focus on what is good about each one. I mean running is a gift, right?
We take it for granted until we can’t.
I want to run as long as possible and even when I am a “back of the packer.”
So again I am going to pick ONE word.
The My One Word approach is popular every year. If you’ve never heard about it, here is a summary:
Lose the long the list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick one word. This process forces clarity by taking all of your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single thing. Your one word focuses on your character and creates a vision for your future.
2014 was the first time that I tried it. My word was:
In 2015, the word that I chose was:
Las year, I picked:
This year, I am choosing the word:
Why did I choose “Relax?
2016 was a stressful year. I was unemployed for 12 weeks and wondered during that time how we would be able to pay our bills.
Then I did get a job, but it is the most stressful job I’ve ever had. Lots to learn and eventually, a lot of travel. Not what I enjoy but it is a job. Could be worse (I think).
Running can and should be relaxing.
But not when you put pressure on yourself to be fast.
As runners, I think (myself included) we focus too much on mileage totals, PRs, bling, etc. And we expect to improve or run at a certain pace and when we don’t, we get depressed or even stressed.
Especially as we age, we need to concentrate on RELAXING and enjoy our runs.
How will I focus on my word?
- Be more positive.
- Post more about the good things that happened during a race or a run.
- Run & race happy.
- Run more with others (and not only chat about our finish times & PRs!!)
- Leave that watch home!
I should add that this doesn’t mean that I don’t want to get faster. I do. I will try to. I hope I will. Who knows I may even do some drills… Go to the gym? Get a coach????
But what I am saying is that if I don’t finish a race with the time that I’d like, I won’t get down on myself. If I have a bad race, I will just sign up for another.
I am also I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:
Happy Running! If you were to choose ONE word for your focus throughout this year, what word would you choose? Do you have any goals for 2017? Do you put pressure on yourself to get faster?