The rains let up where I live, so I could get out for a sunny New Year’s Day run. I’ve been running the first day of every new year for at least 15 years, maybe more. The only day that I missed was January 1, 2020. And you can see how that turned out.
Running has been a struggle these past few months. But because consistency matters, I get out for 3 short runs each week (really, really short). I also re-discovered my Peloton.
On December 11ty, after a neglectful 3 or 4 months, I hopped on the P and noted that I was at 175 rides. So with my running motivation in the gutter, I decided to hit the 200th ride by December 31st. With warm-up or cool-down rides added to my 20 min plus ride, I hit my goal on December 24th.
I’m currently on week 4 and have ridden for 21 days straight, so I head into the new year with my physical confidence building. It’s a good place to start as I roll into the new year and think about my intention and goals for the new year.
What’s the difference? I think of intention as my soft skills – listening more, connecting with friends, family, etc. Goals are specific actions such as a run streak, training for a race, hitting a PR on a lift, meditating daily, etc.
Have you set your goals yet? Do you have an intention for what you’d like the year to hold? I’d love to hear them.
Now go run!