Whether you say it aloud, write it down, or just think it, you can’t deny that it at least crosses your mind to make a resolution this time of year. Once that New Year’s Eve ball drops, you’re ready to start flossing nightly, stop biting your nails,
stop drinking so much beer, stop using bottled water, learn the entire Gangnam Style dance, start and maintain a blog (my 2012 resolution. Check!), or enroll in that night class you’ve been eyeing… for example.
But have you thought about your runolution?
A runolution is the same as a resolution, but it directly impacts your yearlong (ideally, lifelong) running career. Like a resolution, it’s typically not a goal that you’ll accomplish halfway through the year, but something that you want to start (or stop) that will hopefully become a long-term habit.
I made my first runolution in 2012, when I was introduced to the word by my running club. My 2012 runolution was to run more trails.
Mission sort of accomplished.
When I said trails, I wasn’t talking about wide, manicured, off-road paths, I meant rooty, rocky, nasty, “I’m pretty sure the last people here were Lewis and Clark” trails. My mortal running enemy. Don’t get me wrong, I love the peacefulness that comes with being deep in the woods and the challenge of an unpredictable landscape, but only when I’m hiking or camping. Get those boulders out of my way, I’m trying to run.
OH, HELL NO*:
The reason I forced this runolution upon myself was to develop killer ankle strength and sick muscle balance from the constantly-changing and unstable terrain, which I knew would improve my road running. I was prepared to run trails with a grimace, but a fairly open mind.
Unfortunately my inner child prevailed. I cursed at leaves blocking roots (or at the roots for being there in the first place), rolled my eyes at rocks, and damned tree branches that I neglected to see because I was watching my footing. And I’d love to tell you I sucked it up and got out there weekly, but I averaged once a month.
Whiny laziness aside, technically I still accomplished my runolution. There was a loophole in it: the word “more.” Even if I hit the trails only twelve times in 2012, it would still be more than I did in any previous year. Not a solid runolution when you’re a wussbaby like me. I need more structure for 2013.
So here’s my loophole-free 2013 runolution: Do sixty minutes of yoga once a week.
To me, yoga means more flexibility and overall muscle balance, which will both hugely benefit my running career. Two words: injury prevention.
Screw you, trails! I’ve created a runolution I’ll enjoy- I’m excited! (though I’ll continue to make an effort to visit the trails “more” often.)
Did you accomplish a 2012 runolution? What is your 2013 runolution?