Last year I did 96 races. My fridge was constantly covered with race bibs ready for the next race but 2017 is going to be a little different. There are no race bibs on the fridge because for the first time in a long time i don’t have a race for over four weeks and it will be a lot less races this year. I actually plan on running as little as possible this month because this year I want to work on quality and not quantity but to do that I need to be injury free. Hopefully the four weeks off will help my ankle recover fully (turns out doing Liverbird marathon on New Year’s Eve wasn’t a good idea) because the fast 5k training plan kicks off in February. Yes, that’s right, I’m actually going to train for something.
My fridge was feeling pretty empty though so I’ve signed up for Run Resolution 2017. It’s a pretty great idea from Contest Running Co (The people who bring us EHM), a virtual run with a difference because it spans a whole month. Reach your goal and at the end of the month you get a medal. The genius bit is that you set your own goal, whatever you want. It can be to run a set distance, have a set number of runs a week, a new race pb but it doesn’t have to be just about what you will run. Some people have a weight loss goal whilst one of my goals is to volunteer at 3 parkruns. It’s a great way to keep yourself focused on the long term because you can enter month by month and change your goals as you go. My goal for May, for example, is to run a sub 25 5k so in February, March and April my goals are based upon my 5k training plan. Once I’ve got the 5k time then I might move on to a sub 7 mile and then maybe train for an autumn marathon. The point is that most of my goals this year are going to be training rather than race based and so Run Resolution is a great way to keep myself motivated. I even get a Run Resolution bib to replace the race numbers on the fridge. which has a calendar on the back to record your progress.
What I love most about Run Resolution is that you are not in competition with anyone but yourself because the resolutions are so diverse. At the same time we can all help and support each other to our goals using a Facebook community so we don’t have to do it alone. I’ve already been inspired by posts on the event page. I’m really looking forward to seeing the medal (I’m sure it’ll be good though because these guys designed the Liverpool and Dublin RnR medals) and finding out how the rest of the process works. I’ll keep you updated.
I was given free entry into the January Challenge in exchange for my honest opinion.