“Not” Resolutions for 2012January 1, 2012
Happy 2012! Hope everyone had a fun, celebratory New Year’s Eve. Now we arrive at January 1, New Year’s Day. This is a day when everyone decides to make a list of things they want to do for the coming year. It is a time for people to say they are going to visit the gym more, eat better, or run more miles.
For 2012, I propose we make some “not” resolutions for our fitness goals. We should pick things we do not want to do. Pitfalls we want to avoid. By steering clear of those downfalls, we can progress faster to our ultimate objectives. I am sure there will be people thinking this is not the right way to go about resolutions because it is not being positive enough. Quite the opposite though, this should be about advancing yourself by reducing that which blocks your path to success. If it does help, you can always re-frame it in a positive light.
I will start off with mine. One of my biggest problems is being smart about pacing. In college, I ran with a guy who always knew exactly how fast we were running. Some people have that internal sense. With experience I have become better, but am still nowhere near that level. The problem is that even if I have a good idea about my pace I am often prone to ignoring it. When you negative split—running the second half of a race or workout faster than the first—it is a good sign that you have properly stuck to a game plan and that you are in good enough physical shape in order to execute your strategy.
The positive split is my arch nemesis. Too often does an overzealous start spell disaster by the end of a race. My 2012 “not” resolution is to not positive split important training runs and big races. Or if you prefer, I would like to negative split as much as possible.
What is your 2012 “not” resolution- running, fitness, or otherwise? Share them all here and then when December 31, 2012 rolls around (if the Mayans are wrong anyway), we can evaluate together how we did.