As we all know, the New Year brings new goals, new ideas, new adventures, new endeavors, and even new challenges, and of course changes. One change, I’ve fully embraced this January is NOT taking a break from running.
In the past, my running routine has gone on hiatus during the winter months. A whole lot of excuses come to mind:
It’s too cold.
It’s too wet and rainy.
It’s too dark.
It’s too complicated.
I’m ignoring those excuses. Instead I’m relying on (and being encouraged by) the positives; those lovely benefits of putting one foot in front of the other and just going:
Time spent outdoors.
More exploring, more adventure.
Specifically, I’m all signed up and committed to the Squak Mountain Trail Run. Yes, one of my biggest motivators in addition to the above benefits is having a race or run on the calendar. It’s in writing, it’s paid for, I can’t quit.
The big event takes place in Issaquah, Washington (just a short 30 minute or so drive from Seattle) and has me running the obvious 13.1 miles on trail, but also includes a challenging 3,650 feet of elevation gain!
Have you set any exercise goals for the year? Any races or runs on your 2014 calendar? Please share!
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