IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED . . . .

This is the time of year when everyone seems to be talking about resolutions.  I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions; instead of assigning some magical meaning to January 1st, I prefer to commit myself to whatever change I feel I need as soon as I’ve identified that need.  Waiting for New Year’s Day seems to be just procrastination.

Still, there does seem to be an undeniable attraction to these resolutions.  The end of one year marks a good time for reflection, and the start of a new year marks a natural starting point.  This is especially appealing to runners, who measure much of their lives by start and finish lines.

So rather than fight it, I’m going to jump in and add some ideas on what to aim for in setting resolutions.

Set a New Goal – whether trying a new race distance or aiming for a PR, this is a good time to raise the bar on what you can do.

Add to your routine – most of us are painfully aware of the gaps in our health and fitness routine.  Whether it’s a lack of stretching, proper nutrition, strength work, or some other regimen, we can all identify something to change on our regular routine.  Pick at least one  of these and give it a chance.

Do something new – as the saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.  When we do the same routine over and over too many times, it often does feel like work. Combat that by resolving to trying some new sport or activity this year.

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About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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