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Why Wait for the New Year?

Monday, December 21, 2015

By Paul Willgoss

I’ve had a lousy year with injuries, illness and generally being run down – none of it cardiac related, just the wear and tear of getting older and having had an amazing year of running in 2015.

I know I’m lucky; a lousy year for me is three half marathons, a stack of 10ks and the odd 5k, plus odd bits and bobs including two long distance walking paths. The injuries haven’t been directly running related, except where I was knocked over while running, but they have stopped me from doing something that I normally enjoy, and when I have gone out its been a chore.

Did I overtrain in 2015, did I push myself too hard? I don’t know, there’s plenty of runners without heart conditions for who two marathons and an off-road 50k ultra in the space of 12 weeks would have been too much. What I do know is those 12 weeks included some of the most glorious running I’ve ever done: the finish line at London, having a friend drag a sprint finish out of me at Liverpool, and finishing in the daylight in the Peak District.

So, what’s this got to do with the New Year? After Beating the Reaper (a 10k where you’re chased by the personification of Death himself – it’s a Halloween thing), a very good friend convinced me to make a resolution: No running, and no feeling guilty about it for a month. Kick back, relax, just don’t try and push things.

A resolution to do nothing, to not worry… for a whole month… Think about it, and the freedom that could give you.

What did it give me? My passion back. By week two I was twitchy, in week three I was buying new running gear. In the last week I was plotting routes for my first runs back in my shoes.

So go on, be radical, don’t wait for the New Year to make a resolution. Think about resolving not to do something for a bit, and maybe, just maybe you’ll find renewed spirit for your passions, too.

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