Running resolutions for 2018

Running resolutionsFor some reason, a new year makes people reflective. But screw that, let’s look forward to making some running resolutions for 2018. Here’s a few of mine.

Stay fit

This goes hand-in-hand with all other running resolutions. If you can just stay fit enough to run each week, good, consistent times can be had. Provided you’re not scoffing cakes on every rest day perhaps. Injuries, be they niggling or more serious, are the bane of runners, so injury-free is the ultimate.

Race abroad

While I’ve jogged in a foreign country, I’ve never competed in a race overseas. Despite not conquering much of the UK yet, I’d still fancy a punt abroad. Call it a bid for my personal Brexit.

Break 20 minutes for 5k

This requires more of a targeted training plan. My PB came in December 2015 and was pretty close to the magic sub-20 mark. In fact if it wasn’t for injury, I was looking good to achieve it last year. Again, staying fit enough to increase the running workload is the key here.

Enjoy running more

I’d never categorise myself as someone who ‘loves’ running. But I reckon I should enjoy it a bit more. There are times when it feels a chore. It can also be easy to get hung up on the data of running. So my plan is to leave the running watch at home and just go with the flow.

Do more parkruns

This one of the running resolutions is a case of mind over matter. Getting to the start line for 9am on a Saturday morning to hurtle around a park, prom or wherever is open for excuses aplenty. I tend to be a more relaxed mid-morning Sunday runner!

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Improve the run photo face

Show me one person who likes their run photos and I’ll show you hundreds more who can’t stand them. One blogger recently paid reference to this here. Strangely, I also always seem to be snapped wearing the same shirt – perhaps I need to switch that up too!

Running resolutions or otherwise – what are your goals for 2018?

10 Responses

  1. Canuck Carl says:

    Thank you for sharing Chris. So much respect on your 20 minute 5k. I will be turning 60 this year, and am not fast but hope to run my longest distance yet this year. Last year ran a 80k, hope to improve on that this year! 🙂

    • SFJ says:

      Thanks Carl. Wow, an 80k! That’s something I can never see myself attempting. Best of luck with the even longer distance, hope to read of your success!

  2. A great post and so different from the other New Year posts – I have shared on PainPals feature “Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs to start 2018!”. Happy New Year, C x

  3. Unbound Roots says:

    I think I may join you in running goals for the year. I quit running (higher impact exercise) almost ten years ago after ACL and cartilage surgery and have taken up low-impact activities. But, I actually miss running, so I may start up again and see if I can add in a little high-impact exercise (if my knees allow it). Wishing you all the best on your fitness journey, and Happy New Year!

  4. Leah says:

    Was “running resolutions” an accidental catchy title? 😂 2018 looks promising! Hopefully this time next year you’ll be reflecting on accomplishments maybe? Perhaps?

    • SFJ says:

      Hi Leah. Title was intentional so I’m glad it’s catchy! Yes I should try and use the article as a checklist through 2018 and see how far I can get

  5. Great thoughts, love the photo face one! Good luck.

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