December 24, 2009
While many people start running as a New Years resolution Beth Risdon explains how the Winter Solstice is an ideal time to set running goals for the New Year. She also points out that Northern Hemisphere runners can now look forward to longer daylight hours!
I’ve found it really helpful using significant dates as motivators, even if those dates are only significant to you. In addition to using them for targets they can also be helpful markers of achievement. It’s great when your out running on a significant date and think “This time 5 years ago I couldn’t even run up the stairs”. Sometimes though, if they’re used as too strictly it can become self-defeating. The danger then is that if the goal isn’t achieved, negativity sets in.
Seems like the usual case of everything in moderation.