The Best Types of Resolutions
Exciting as the prospect of good training in the spring may be, setting a goal to “run more in the winter” is a sentiment that’s doomed. Many New Year's resolutions fail within the first half of the year. The biggest contributor to this failure? Ambiguous goals. Achieving goals is all about being able to measure meaningful progress, but when your resolution is “to be healthier,” how do you quantify that? Is replacing five doughnuts per day with four “meaningful?” Having a clearly defined, measurable goal eliminates this vagueness.
Another problem with many of these goals is they’re not inspiring. New Year’s resolutions are often about subtracting an enjoyable indulgence. In this sense we’re lucky, as running-related goals add value at zero cost.
Combining these two concepts to create a meaningful and inspirational goal. This is a deeply personal concept and speaks to what you want from this sport. Do you dream of running a personal best in the 5K or finishing a marathon in 2023? Make that the major goal of the year and then work backwards, setting benchmarks along the way. For instance, if the goal is to work up to 26.2 miles, give yourself ten months to do so. That way, if you work up to 8 miles in the first month, you’ll know you’re ahead of the target and making meaningful progress toward the ultimate goal.