Guest Blogger Courtney Alev
The New Year always carries with it a sense of optimism and hope. Hope for a new beginning, a fresh start, to put the difficulties and challenges of the last year behind us and move forward strongly and confidently into a new one. It also gives us the opportunities to set goals for ourselves—resolutions—that we want to accomplish in the new year.
I have a love/hate relationship with resolutions, but often do make them. I’ll always remember my 2009 resolutions, when I had just moved to Africa three months prior and was determined to simplify my life (to fit my much more simplified lifestyle—hello, bamboo hut!) I resolved to 1) drink more water, 2) stand up straighter and 3) wear sunscreen. Easy, feasibly goals that to this day I still obey. Other more complicated, challenging resolutions are harder to obey, but simple goals can serve as great motivators.
As 2012 will bring on my second year of actually being a “runner,” I want to set some goals, or “runsolutions,” for the next year. I hope that my attempt at doing so will lend focus and direction to the year. Without further ado, here are my personal running goals for 2012:
Break 4 hours in the marathon. This is by far the biggest one. I can run long distances, but I run them slowly. It will take great commitment and perseverance to take 9 minutes off my time this year, but I hope with strength (and the help of friends and Run 365) I will get there.
Run 1,500 miles. This number may seem insurmountable to a beginning runner and like child’s play for a more experienced one, but for me personally (and with my work […]