Readers Roundtable: Running in the New Year

Happy New Year!Have you committed to your New Year shake cleanse yet? Riiiiiiight. While the rest of the world needs a new year and intense, meme-induced motivation to do  … well … anything, apparently, what does the New Year mean for runners?

Some of us use the new year as a challenge to try something new or to make a drastic change. Others, like Pumpkin, who ran over 1000 miles in 2016, will use it as an opportunity to double down on a long-standing goal. But there are plenty of runners for whom January 1 is just another day on the training schedule.

How about you? Is it a time for big change resolutions? Is it a time to be better about that daily core work and foam rolling? Or is it simply the start of another year of badassery?

Tell us: What does a new year mean for you?

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Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. This is the year where I stop screwing around. If I want to be good, I have to do all the things that come along with it. For me, it’s beginning with nutrition. I will get that right this year.
    2016 blessed me, and I want to share it. Volunteering at more races and helping other people as much as I can.

      1. I want to fuel at the right time basically. Also make sure I’ve got in all the nutrients. Sure, getting all the calories I need is great, but I usually do that. It’s about the nutrients as well. This does not mean saying no to cake, it means that in addition to the goodies, I need to get in all the other nutrients as well. I never payed too much attention before, but I have a sports nutritionist who gave me some rules to stick with just to make sure I’m helping my body recover after my runs. 🙂

        1. That sounds good! With kids and a tight schedule, for me, eating nutritiously and for recovery is always a challenge. I’d be interested to hear how it goes for you.

  2. Haha–yes no dieting resolutions over here! I ran my first marathon in six years a few weeks ago (after 2 kids, 4.5 and 1 year old) and am trying to figure out what my next goal will be. I found this blog while training for my race and love it so much! (even if you are all insanely faster than my 3:45 marathon!) I want to run another one and want to run it faster. I think this will mean starting to do speed work during the week. I also made stretching my NY resolution because I never do it. Anyway, thanks for the blog and happy new year!

    1. We’re definitely not all faster than 3:45! That’s awesome!! I haven’t run a marathon in over 5 years now. You’re inspiring me to consider one in 2017 🙂 Happy New Year to you too!!!

  3. I have a few goals in mind:

    1. Don’t be afraid.. to run the trails, mountain bike, jump into that track meet, run hard. I need to jump out of my comfort zone.

    2. Believe– I have a tough time thinking I can’t do something like trying to push myself in a workout. Even if I am at the back, which I am a lot, I still need to push myself and feel proud for doing that.

    3. Stop comparing myself to others.

    4. Be grateful. Every race and workout may not go as planned, but there are many people who can’t or simply do not want to do this stuff.

  4. I don’t typically make resolutions, but definitely goals for the year. I always look at the new year as a chance for new beginnings. My biggest goal for this year is to love my body. I would say love my body more, but I have never loved my body. I have always been dissatisfied with my appearance. I think I compare myself way to much to others and I am affected too much by how I look in the mirror. I am a very healthy and strong 41 year old mother of five and that has never been good enough for me. So, my focus is to continue my good habits of eating healthy and exercising every day, but be more accepting of my muscular legs because they are STRONG even though they are thicker than I would care for them to be. Accept that even though I have a “Mom pooch” with an extra layer of skin and stretch marks, my core is the strongest it has ever been through a lot of hard work. I don’t have any running goals other then to train injury free for the Boston Marathon, which I plan to enjoy with no time goal. Well, maybe one more – I am most likely going to apply for the NYC marathon with my half qualifying time so that is another marathon where I am just looking to take in the experience.

    1. I’m right there with you with the body stuff. I was in the best physical shape of my life before my third kid and I am working to accept that I’ll likely never look that good again and that’s just dandy (I’m not there yet, though!)

  5. I always like using January 1 as a reset button & I make a few loose goals/choose a few things in my life to be more mindful of. I do dry January & don’t drink until my birthday (February 6), I also do no sugary desserts/candy/crap until my birthday as well. Normally it feels great to do this after the holidays where gluttony hits a high, though this year I was super sick over Christmas & did the opposite of gluttony. Running-wise for 2017, I am taking a down year. I feel like I flirted too hard with over-training last year as well as losing some balance/letting my running run my life a little too much. I’d like to incorporate strength-training more this year and fall back in love with running after my biggest mileage year yet (2800 miles) where I kind of fell out of love with it by the end of the year. I am sort of considering running NYC again with my qualifying time, but I’m not sure. Here’s to a great year ahead everyone!

  6. Yesterday I signed up for my 2017 goal race, a very challenging 100k. I woke up in the middle of the night panicking about what I’d done, but woke up this morning with a sense of resolve. I plan to be diligent with training, work on my hill strength, get up to altitude when I can, and pay close attention to nutrition, making sure I’m getting enough iron and other essential nutrients. Then, whatever happens will happen. Non-running goals are to be kinder and more open-hearted, following the “you do you” mantra, keep the house mostly clean, use a written planner, less mindless time on social media… you know all the stuff that never happens…

  7. January 1 is a good time to regroup and reset — usually the racing season has wrapped up for a few months with nothing serious until the spring, so it seems a natural time to reflect on how the year went (running-wise) and think about the year ahead. I’m in the no resolutions but goals camp, and I gave myself four for this year:
    1. Do what coach says, even the hard stuff. This involves believing in myself and being willing to work hard and to know sometimes it won’t be easy or necessarily fun. (But fun when the hard work pays off!)
    2. Work on being a better racer and not just racing for time. Sometimes that may mean racing for place and not running a PR; other times, that might mean getting pulled along to a great time.
    3. Run 3,000 miles (7% more than 2016).
    4. Find practical ways to improve my form and actually do them. (If anyone has good routines they like for strength/drills, send ’em my way!)

  8. On New Year’s Eve as we were dashing out the door to a friend’s party, I signed up for my very first marathon! Then all night long got to celebrate my decision and the challenging 5.5 months to come. The next morning I definitely regretted my celebrating (oh the headache), but not my signing up- though I’m now a little anxious about the work that needs to be done to get me there (and telling our parents that babies continue to be on hold so I can run this race! hah). Bring it on 2017!