Thursday, December 8, 2016

I'm Over Resolutions

Guys, this week has been kicking my butt! We've had volleyball four days in a row. I mean, it's a good thing - it means my girls are winning and are moving through playoffs to semi-finals - but I am exhausted and so behind on blogs. Oops.
My Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this practice on Thursday. We've gone further this year than ever before!
At this time of year, I usually start planning my New Year's resolutions. This blog was the result of one of those resolutions; for those of you who don't know, learning to run was my resolution in 2009. It was the first resolution I ever truly kept.

It was such a roaring success that every year since, I've put a lot of time and consideration into my resolutions. Then, last year, I took a step back and simplified.
This year felt good. I've felt more consistent and stronger than ever. I think simplification really worked for me. So I'm sticking with it.

I'm not focused on a particular distance and I only have one race lined up (A1A), so for the first time in years I have a lot of freedom. I'm going to keep running and cross-training and getting stronger. I'm probably going to pick a marathon for 2018...Probably. We'll see how I feel!

Anyway, I think I've finally gotten to a point in my running and fitness where I don't feel I need a resolution to help narrow my focus or keep me motivated. There aren't any other areas of my life that need direction or a major overhaul, so this year, I'm over resolutions.

That said, I have some important goals; it's just that my focus has changed. I plan to stay aware and actively involved politically. I plan to keep up my monthly donations to SPLC, HRC, and the ACLU going. I plan to use my privilege to help others as we gear up for the big fight we have ahead of us for the next four years.
I'm putting my money and time where my mouth is. I hope you do the same.
But as far as running goes? Yeah, no resolutions this year...and it feels damn good.

Are you making running/fitness resolutions this year?
Are you making other kinds of resolutions for 2017?



  1. I don't know why, but I love having measurable goals throughout the year. (I blame it on my previous life as a special education teacher ) I know I'll challenge myself to run more than this year, volunteer more (also looking to expanding into political volunteering) and reading more books than this year. I do have some goals in mind for running, but my success for the year won't be determined by a race pace

  2. I didn't make any resolutions these past couple years, but this year I was toying with the idea of actually making the resolution to learn Spanish! I think it would be extremely helpful as a teacher and just a world citizen to learn another language that so many people speak.

    I need to sign up to stay abreast of the things going on with my local dem party too. Thanks for the reminder!

    Congrats to your girls for playing strong and winning!

  3. I am so with you on being over resolutions. As I get older and more settled in life, the whole "new year new me!" thing just has less pull on me. I love the new year and the idea of a fresh start, blank slate, but as they say: "life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." Every time I have these lofty ideas for an upcoming year life ends up going in a different direction so maybe I've just finally learned to stop making resolutions and just live my damn life.

    That said, I do have one sort-of resolution that is along the lines of your goal of being more politically engaged. I'm still sorting out what exactly that resolution is and what it means to me, but I plan to write about it when I come back to blogging next month.

  4. No resolutions for me either, I am sticking with monthly goals.


  5. I loved that this was your resolution and I'm glad that it worked out so well for you! If it ain't broke, don't fix it! I had a ton of resolutions for this year and I'm a little nervous to look back and see how I did, lol! Not sure what I want to focus on for 2017 yet!

  6. I feel the same way about resolutions. The things important to me are really just part of my lifestyle now.