It’s a tradition that happens every 365 days. Here we go again….a new year and another new resolution to be made. What habit should I kick this year? What can I do to improve myself? I think I’ll lose weight, volunteer more, manage my stress, and pay off my student loans…all at once. Now, let’s be serious. All of these resolutions are going to last a few weeks and then I’ll be waiting until 2012 to set them again.
I’ve heard too many times that people want to resolve to spend more time with friends and family, quit smoking, and to manage debt…and I’m not sold on making resolutions. This year, I’ve decided to ditch the new year’s resolution talk and I’ve decided to make a new year’s goal. Having a goal acknowledges that nothing will happen over night and that I’m going to constantly be working to achieve my goal. Therefore, my 2011 goal is (drum roll, please)… to run five 5K’s around the Des Moines area. To some this may sound easy, and to some this may sound crazy…but for me, it’s going to be a challenge. Running has never been something that I’ve been good at, or that I’ve enjoyed.
So why set this as your 2011 goal? I’ve decided to choose five races around the Des Moines area that support different causes and great organizations all while challenging myself to improve my health and to learn about something new – running.
I need your help! If you know of any 5K runs around the greater Des Moines area that you’d recommend or if you have any tips for a newbie runner, please post them in the comments below!
And for all of you making a new year’s goal or resolution remember: if you slip, it’s okay. We are all human. Forgive yourself and keep working on your goal!