As the New Year is coming upon us...social media is full of resolutions & promises to do things differently. We often look back on the year with regret and "wish I had" or even "wish I had not".
2013 will be my 3rd year of running & racing.
When we make resolutions, we make them as a result of how unhappy we are with the outcome of our lives. True?
I am grateful for my 2012 experiences, as I learned a lot about racing, myself and the running community. Yet, I don't have any regrets.
Do I want change for 2013? Of course, I do! A person's lives should be in forward motion. We should never be content with staying the same, but looking to improve.
When I think of 2012 - my mind goes back to the many disappointments of 2012. Disappointments of those running friends who claimed to have my best interest and proved otherwise. Disappointments that I should of known better to make better decisions about my training and racing. Disappointments that I didn't trust myself enough to push their some barriers & my own limits.
Do I beat myself up about it? No, I don't.
So, where do I begin to rearrange my training and my races? It already began. It began with a mindset many months ago. When I had reached a place I had enough - I moved in a different direction, in my mind.
I have been very vocal about my goals for the 2013 racing season. My focus will be 5k's and Half's. I will run two Full's: Surf City & Los Angeles Marathon. The rest of the year...I will be working on speed, while keeping my miles up. I have built my base, now it's time to engage the speed, once again. This will mean I will have to turn down the offers to run socially with friends. I have a specific training plan for specific goals & I will keep that plan in place. While some may not see the harm if I go out and run a run at a slower pace, it could have lastly effects on my ultimate 2013 goals.
Don't take me wrong - I will still have a blast while training and running, but the socialization will come after the training run or race. I have to run to race, against myself. That is fun to me.
I lost racing time in 2012. Not exactly the most thrilling thing, as running Full's were not very appealing to me, overall.
Still, I am grateful for the wonderful experiences I had along the way. The friends, the socialization and in many ways - just to Finish.
2013 is a re-birth in my racing. I have no control of the outcome, but I have control of my efforts. Control what I can, and accept what I cannot.
What will you change in 2012? Have you already began in that direction?
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Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
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