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And the Great Streak of 2014 is here!

After September, even though I could barely walk let alone run, I couldn’t just sit or stand still. I had to find something. First I signed up to run a marathon in June. My first race was a marathon and I really thought I never run another. But I also didn’t realize I was a runner until AFTER that race. But, a marathon? It just didn’t seem big enough. I needed something like the Run September challenge to really get the juices flowing.

So, the Great Streak was born! I promise you it’s big… REALLY big. Well, big for me and probably for most average runners. So, true to form, I started a new blog to capture the journey. If you follow this blog, I hope you will consider following the new one…

http://averageeverydayrunner.wordpress.com.

It promises to be… AHmazing! ūüėČ

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The Streak, what’s it gonna be?

I have been thinking about my streak for a little over a week. It was actually conceived many months ago but only birthed recently.

It’s a tough one, similar to what I’ve done before, just longer. More grueling. Certainly doable if I’m committed. And, I am.

But these last few weeks have been mentally brutal. I’ve been up and down. Mostly down. It’s been rough. I’ve been beating myself to a pulp almost daily. Frustration, disappointment, many MANY tears. I’m not quite myself. And now that I have decided on my “streak” at least I have a focus. It’s still not enough.

But tonight, tonight I had an epiphany. I can’t be so hard on myself that I will never succeed. So, 2014 will have two streaks for me. One physical (and intense) and one mental. The mental will be more difficult than the physical.

Stay tuned.

Have you come up with your streak? It’s gotta be life changing. Really. Or it doesn’t count.

Well?

2014, The Year of the GREAT Streak!

Yes, its that time of year when we look back at what we did or did not accomplish this past year and set our sights on next year.¬† Many make New Year’s resolutions or plans to do something different, better, more, or less but somehow around February this all goes awry.¬† Life happens, priorities change, that resolution or plan just wasn’t right.¬† It was too hard, too easy, too dumb, you didn’t really want to do that anyway, or you were just caught up in the moment and now reality has hit.¬†¬†¬† You’ll get a kick in the butt around June or July and rethink your priorities and then maybe you get back on the bandwagon and revisit the old resolutions or plans.¬†Sometimes you even decide that you can and will do them anyway.¬† You make adjustments and get back on track.¬† For many, you will lose your way again.¬† For some, you will meander but sort of stick to the path.¬† And for a few, you will follow through and find the finish line.¬†

So, as not to offend anyone I would say “it’s all about the journey and as long as you at least take steps in the right direction you’ve accomplished something.”¬† But… yes, the but.¬†

What I really want to say is and, hear my heart, if you really want something bad enough then come hell or high water you make it happen.¬† I don’t care how bad you hurt, how many hours of sleep you didn’t get, how many kids you have or don’t have, how many people were mean to you or nice to you, how many activities came up out of nowhere, how grumpy your boss was, how your spouse doesn’t understand, or how tough your life is.¬† Really?¬† Yeah, mine too.¬† We all have the same “issues”.¬† Some worse than others, some more than others.¬† So?¬† And?¬†

I’ll be brutally honest.¬† Not just with you, but with myself.¬† These are simply excuses. Either decide that whatever it is that you want to do is important enough and make it happen or be happy with where you’re at and quit complaining.

Don’t tell me why you can’t do something… I can’t run, my knees hurt.¬† I can’t work out, I work too much, I can’t lose weight, I have no will power.¬† I can’t quit smoking, I have too much stress.¬† I can’t… I can’t…. I can’t… Know what?¬† You won’t.¬† EVER.¬†

SHOW me how you CAN do something.¬† Got aches and pains? Start walking.¬† Attached to your desk by a chain? Stand up and stretch, squat or lunge right there.¬† See the trashcan? THAT’S where you pop the sweets NOT your mouth.¬† Don’t buy the cigarettes. If you don’t have them, you can’t smoke them.¬† Right?¬†

Seriously.  Get a grip.  2014.  This is the year of the great streak. The streak that will change your life.  

¬†Start thinking… 365 days.¬† What’s it gonna be? Your streak better be freaking awesome!¬† I expect nothing less.¬†

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