A Resolution…

resolution2A couple of months ago I decided that I would try something new, let’s call it a new resolution.  I wanted to make a commitment to keep running by entering more races in fact at least one a month until my full marathon in April.  I find when I have a race coming up I stay motivated to do more running.  Also I find that as I run more races, I become less stressed at the beginning and more relaxed during the race.  My second decision was to sign up for a running club.

First things first, since making the new commitment I have completed races in September, two in October, signed up for a Turkey Trot in November and a Jingle Bell race in December.  Now I just need to find a race in January (can you say Burrrrr), February (anyone know a good valentines race?), and then there is March (I am guessing it will be some kind of St. Patrick’s day race).  I would say that I am right on track with the race thing and it seems to be working.  Make things happen, concept words

So now there is the running club.  Well I am all signed up and I am excited about joining them but that is where it has ended.  I am not a morning person and right now the only people I know in the group have a schedule that they run on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Sounds great right, sounds like Yeah, I finally have some people I can run with.  But here is the part I left out, they run at 7 am in the morning.  What?!  The weekends are for sleeping in and besides it’s getting cold in New England and I like for the sun to warm the air up a little bit (okay a lot a bit) before I get out there and run.  Not to mention that the sun is barely even up at 7am!  So now I’m in a quandary, I want to join them but what I really want to do is find someone who will run at a reasonable time on the weekend who might like their sleep.  So I will still keep looking and keep training on my own because I seem to be doing pretty good by myself.

Which makes me think about resolutions and how we often write these down and say “this is what I’m gonna do”.  Which is great, right?!  But I am not sure we give ourselves some space to allow these decisions/resolutions to have a life of their own.  I mean I could stop now and just be resolution3frustrated that my running club has not really done what I want it to do.  But really, I haven’t given it a chance.  I mean really I’ve been in this club about 3 weeks now, have only been to one event and I know that it is race season so I have not even met all the people in it.  I need to put in a little more effort.  Maybe that’s why resolutions fail so easily.  We want to make the change but do we want to put in the energy to really make the changes necessary?  I know I do.  So now I’m reaching out to others I have met along this journey of running and seeing how I can get the help I want/need to run a better marathon.  I’m reading more about training.  I’m trying different things and just this weekend I ran almost 20 miles between Saturday and Sunday (which is totally new!)  Amazingly enough my overall resolution of being better prepared for my next marathon is coming true.  So my resolution is not gone it is just molding into something else and developing into a better result.

Do you make resolutions or goals that are not what you thought in the beginning?  Have they turned out better?resolution

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Picking a New Word….

First of all let me say “Sorry you have not heard from me in a while”.  Obviously the excuse is the holidays and the craziness that ensues during them.  Secondly, my Christmas was great!  Thanks for asking.  How was yours?  I hope just as good if not better.  Thirdly, how have your runs/training/just plain exercising routines been going?  Mine, not so great but I have been able to do at least one run each week.  This week oddly enough I made it to the gym twice so far and it is only Thursday.  (4 mile run on Christmas eve before church and then 4 mile run this evening).

cherish2Now finally, the reason I decided to blog tonight and what has been going on in my mind…(this should be fun, you inside my mind!  Have fun!)  Last year at this time I decided to start something new.  Instead of a new years resolution I decided to take a word and focus on it throughout the year.  My word this past year was gratitude.  Quite a word to use as my first word because it brought all kinds of tests for me of which I should probably write about in a different blog later (maybe after the first of the year or this weekend which ever gives me a moment to share with you all).  Anyway…. I have been thinking about the word “cherish” as my new word and wondering how I would integrate it into my life.  I believe I will continue my gratitude journal so I could write about a cherished moment I had during the day, use the word to remind me daily to take a moment and cherish my life, make a cherish jar kind of like this one: memory jar

and fill it with events that have happened throughout the year to cherish and remember.  Not really sure how I’m gonna do it but I think I have picked my new word for the year.

Why this word?  Well look at the definition:

1.   a : to hold dear : feel or show affection for <cherished her friends>

           b : to keep or cultivate with care and affection : nurture<cherishes her marriage>

     2: to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely<still cherishes that memory>

I think these are two good reasons to pick this word.

How about you?  Ever picked a word to focus on for the year?  If so which one?  If not, why not?  How about new years resolutions, do you make them?  Do you keep them for the whole year?cherish1