Use the new year as a way to reach your deeper potential.
Blog by Blake [Race guru, runner, motivator, coach]
Over the next few days, many of us will go through a familiar ritual: making a list of resolutions for the upcoming year.
While it might seem cliched, it’s also exciting. Every new year offers the opportunity to reinvent yourself.
In the fitness sense, the possibilities for reinvention are endless. You can become a seasoned triathlete or a long-distance cyclist. You can evolve from a first-time yogi into a seasoned practitioner or become a certified yoga or Pilates instructor. You can hike a mountain or trail or lose that extra 15 pounds.
And you can run a race — like a marathon, half-marathon or 5K. In my role with the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, I’ve had the privilege of seeing many people through this kind of new year reinvention.
For the first time last year, the Monumental offered a discount for people who signed up for the race on January 1 and 2. I remember checking a few minutes into the new year to make sure the registration process was proceeding smoothly and feeling my heart beat a little faster when I saw people signing up at midnight. It inspired me even more to watch them prepare for the race in the year that ensued.
Hundreds of participants shared about their training journeys on the Monumental’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and through their personal blogs. Our staff received emails from people participating in the race for the first time. And I had the opportunity to meet some of the thousands of finishers as they crossed the finish line.
To me running is a particularly special way to remake yourself in the new year, partly because it’s possible to achieve something remarkable in a relatively short period of time. I’ve met Monumental participants who have lumbered through their first 5K one year and a mere two years later have completed the full 26.2 miles.
Even for seasoned racers, there’s always the possibility to push yourself a little harder, to shave seconds off your time, and to experience the joy of running a race in a new way.
I’ve made it my own personal goal to finish the Boston Marathon in 2014. I’m already excited to think about the experience of participating, but I’m also invigorated by the process of self-improvement that it takes to prepare for the event.
So for anyone considering a fitness goal for 2014, make it your mission to find something that challenges and stretches you to become a better version of yourself — and to see yourself through to completing that goal.
That’s the power of reinvention — and the beauty of a New Year’s resolution.
Blake Boldon is the executive director of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and a former competitive runner and collegiate running coach. He lives in Downtown Indianapolis.