Runners know to make realistic New Year resolutions. Image – Maridav.
It’s that time of year where the typical new year’s eve resolutions rear their ugly heads and then within two weeks, are lost to the world again – ‘to lose 10kgs’ or ‘quit smoking’ are two of the most popular, according to numerous online sites.
It’s difficult to measure exactly how many Australians stick to their resolutions and actually walk away with a result, but there’s one thing for certain – runners know how to pinpoint a realistic goal and aim for it.
But runners and walkers are already committed to continuous training schedules, whether it be once a week at parkrun or seven days without fail, so chances are that goals are created to either enhance performance, spend more or less time on the roads or trails, achieve a new distance, or to simply prevent injury.
They’re good at making rational goals, but sometimes the previous year’s resolutions aren’t met, and there is a change in ideology.
Forty-six-year-old Melinda Brennan, from Padbury in WA, said her goal for 2015 sadly wasn’t met and she was going to alter this year’s resolution to a more realistic outcome.
“Last year I set a goal to run a total of 1000kms, which is roughly 20kms a week,” she said.
“Due to injuries I didn’t make it; every race I’d trash my body with sore muscles, and would recover just in time for the next race with no training.
“2016 will be about being strong and non-injured, rather than distance; I’d like to do a half marathon again.”
Across the board, runners and walkers alike will be aiming for increased endurance and a growth in distances.
This means dedicating themselves to new training regimes and schedules such as speed work and core muscle strength.
Rockingham, WA local Robyn Jordan-Shelley, 29, said her resolution was to work with a coach in order to get a new PB, and in the mean time try to raise $10,000 for charity.
“I’ll be doing more workouts rather than just running for the sake of running every day,” she said.
“For me it will be all about structured speed sessions and training outcomes.
“My reward for myself will be to enter the New York City marathon.”
And it’s not just the every day runner who aims for these sorts of resolutions – professional athletes are doing the exact same thing.
On the other side of the world in Poland, two-time race walking Olympian Jakub Jelonek, 30, said his general goal was to qualify for the Rio Games, but all his resolutions were similar to everyone else’s.
“To get to Rio it’s simply about hard motivation, good organisation of my life and a bit of luck,” he said.
“I’ll keep going with a good daily routine and not waste time with the unnecessary.
“That’s something everyone can do to achieve their resolutions.”
Whether you run for leisure or do it professionally, setting a new year’s resolution is a healthy way to keep you motivated.
In a way resolutions are a method of erasing last year’s mistakes and looking ahead to the future positively.