New Year’s is my least favorite holiday ever. By this point every year, I feel the holiday hangover from everything that happens between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Christmas season is filled with such anticipation. Then new year’s rolls around and I’m so over it. I’m over the eating, drinking, the cheese, wearing my pj’s all day, and not knowing what day of the week it is. I crave routine. New Year’s day is just another day. I don’t like the high expectations that accompany a new year and while I’m all for setting goals, I don’t like resolutions.
I learned the hard way two years ago when I thought the end of 2016 was as bad as it was going to get. I remember thinking on that last night of the year just how awesome the next year was going to be. Not only would I land my dream job, 2017 would for sure be the year I qualified for Boston. I had my sights set on an A race, had hired a coach, and was already working on building my endurance. Things were going to be great.
Well, little did I know that 2017 would NOT be my year. AT ALL. You know those curveballs life throws your way? The ones I was way overdue for? Yeah, they all came my way that year. Needless to say, things did not work out the way I had expected that year. But while I thought these tough things were terrible, I honestly believe I am a better person and a better runner as a result.
Now, at the end of 2018 – another year that didn’t quite go the way I planned with running – I am thinking about what I want from running in the coming year.
It’s simple: I just want to enjoy running.
Well, there’s a bit more to it: I want to run with my friends on Saturday mornings and share in the occasional brunch with them afterwards. I don’t want to compare myself and my running performances with theirs. I want to be happy for them when they achieve their running goals (and not feel even the slightest twinge of jealousy). I don’t want to put pressure on myself to race and achieve certain times (no one other than me really cares about my performances).
So what’s in store for my running in 2019? Happy miles only!
What are your 2019 goals?