I just completed my first run of the new year and I am happy. A 5 miler in about 45 minutes to get the heart rate up and sweat feels good. During the run it occurred to me, every year I stress about the time I take off in winter. Every year between November and January, I take off between a couple of weeks to a couple of the months from running, working out, eating well, etc. Then, afterwards, I am annoyed and disappointed about it. However, while running today I realized that it is a natural plan that my body is following in order to recharge, recommit, whatever you want to call it. I constantly read articles with elite runners and they all talk about the rest periods they take at the end of their respective track seasons or cross country seasons, or marathons.
My focus is on maintaining commitment now that I am back after it. I have big plans for 2015 and I know what I have to do to achieve them. I have never been a New Year's resolution guy. However, I will say that I have some basic goals for the future that will help me attain my goals. They are, in no particular order:
1. Utilize rest day strength training more consistently.
2. Make smarter nutritional choices (including more H2O).
3. Enjoy running more.
In the coming months, I will share how I am doing on these goals and encourage you to look ahead at what you can do, rather than what you didn't do. Who cares if you didn't run last week, last month, last year. If you want to start, put your sneakers on and go.