Happy 2011! I find it so refreshing to start a new year with a clean slate and a lot to look forward to. I am really excited for this year and all the fun things that are on their way! So many possibilities, who knows what will happen.
I have thought a lot about what I want to accomplish in 2011 and how I want to approach it, and one thing that really has jumped out at me is I don’t want to have my year planned out. The last couple years I have had my full race schedule with a list of goals to go with it all set out at the very beginning of the year which doesn’t give me a whole lot of room to change my mind.
This year I have my spring marathons planned out with Boston and Big Sur, but besides that I really don’t know what I want to do yet. I don’t even know if I am going to run a half marathon between now and then! *gasp*
I have no idea how I am going to feel after those races and I don’t want to decide what I am going to do until I know how I feel. My goals may change after those races depending on how they go and they may stay exactly the same, who knows. All I know is I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head and I don’t know what one will take preference just yet.
Maybe I will want to run a trail ultra
Maybe I will want to train hard for a half marathon
Maybe I will want to trail for another fast marathon
Maybe I will want to train for a tough marathon
Maybe I will want to pace a marathon
Maybe I will want to ride a century ride and be on my bike more
Too many maybes for me to make any decisions for sure right now on what will happen in the second half of the year.
So what are my goals for this year?
Be in the present.
I want to not set any goals just yet. I want to be in the present more and worry about now or the current race I am training for, rather than what I might want to do 8 months down the road. I want to be able to change my mind (not that I couldn’t before), change my goals and do something completely different if I want to without feeling boxed in.
I feel like right now I have big overall running goals but they don’t necessarily have to be achieved this year or set specifically for 2011. They will happen eventually but don’t need to have a time limit set on them. Everything I do in the meantime is just working towards bigger goals down the future, because as we all know, once one goal is achieved, another one is set.
I want 2011 NOT to look like the last 3 years. The last 3 falls have been pretty much identical and it needs to change.
I want to run new races and try new things and not do the same races I have done year after year. Although a couple of my favorites races will still find their way onto my schedule I am sure, I am hoping to make the majority of them something new.
For instance, I have instructed a few of my friends not to let me run CIM this year. Although it’s one of my favorites races and I am sure I am going to want to sign up when it gets later into the year, it’s time for a break. I have ran it 3 years in a row and it’s time to try something new. I can come back next year if I really miss it that much.
I do know I want to learn more about running, help others out and really reach out to be more involved the running community.
I am getting my RRCA coaching license in February, I am becoming more involved through the SF Marathon Ambassador program and the Nike Women’s Make Yourself Movement, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. I have ideas, plans and dreams I want to put into motion this year that have nothing to do with how fast I am running or how many miles I want to run a week.
Tonight the blog is going to be down for a little while getting a make-over! I am going to be switching platforms and will have a whole new look very soon. You will be noticing some changes happening, but the content will be the same. Hopefully this change should make my blog easier to use, more interactive in the comments section, and just be prettier to look at. I am SO excited for the change, but bear with me as I get used to everything. Make sure to click out of your readers late tonight or tomorrow to check it out!
So who knows what 2011 really has in store for me just yet. All I know is 2011 is going to be exciting and fun and I can’t wait! It starts off with the marathon I have been dreaming of since before I crossed the finish line of my first one. Only time will tell what will follow as I continue to write my running story everyday, and I can’t wait to bring you along with me!