Another year means another year to run again. I am excited to see what happens this year with my sport that I am so passionate about.
I definitely have the necessary equipment. I was blessed to get these awesome running gloves from my mom and dad this Christmas. I don’t know about you, but if my hands and head are warm, I can run for hours.
My goals for running this year are just penciled in my mental calendar, but they are something that I’ve envisioned for a while.
Goals for 2015:
PR in 5k race (sub 20 is my big goal!)
PR in 10k
PR Half-marathon (I’m hoping to run the half in June or July)
Either way, hitting a PR or not, I know that I want to run races, enjoy miles, and find joy in even short runs. I’ve learned in 2014 that I need to enjoy the mile that I am in and stress less about racking up miles for the week.
I’ve also learned that I am not the only other crazy person out there.
This diagram I found made me laugh way to hard and made me smile. I am not the only one who thinks like this:
People do ask, “Why do you run?”
I’ve realized that I don’t have a great answer to that. I just know that I love it, I love the way I feel when I run, and I enjoy competing with myself and seeing just how far I can go. Even though I don’t enjoy losing toenails, shin splints, or blisters, running has taught me to persevere even when the going gets tough, even when I feel like quitting.
Running has taught me to be disciplined, sacrifice, and commitment.
And that’s why I run.
So here’s to another year of running, another year of sweating, another year of pain, black toenails and tears of joy. Here’s to another year of smiles, finish lines, and long runs. Here’s to another year of sacrificing sleep, stretching, and sunburns. Here’s to another year of running.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, yet only one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain it.” 1 Corinthians 9:24