It’s a new year! A new beginning. A fresh start. Time for New Year’s Resolutions!

I did some clinical research (a/k/a I googled it) & read that 75% of resolutions will be continued through the entire first week of January, but only 46% make it past six months. Also that 39% of people in their twenties will achieve their resolution each year while only 14% of people over 50 years of age will achieve theirs. These are not encouraging numbers!

But what do you do when your New Year’s Resolution ends before it even begins? That is what happened to me. My fitness resolution was to do a 5k race a week in January. Five Star NTP makes it very easy because they are hosting a 5k every weekend in January. I made the resolve in December as I was enjoying the all the goodies of the season, beginning with Thanksgiving, including my Christmas Eve birthday and many Christmas delights. It was a no-brainer Resolution. If I have signed up for a 5k every Saturday, that means I am training during the week to be ready. Built in encouragement. But what happened was this. I had a slight cold going into Christmas that kicked in to overdrive on the 26th. I mean, it was an angry cold, with sore throat, chest cough and non-stop sneezing. It also still hasn’t gone away as I write this. I went back & forth on whether to keep my Resolution and do the Five Star New Year’s Day 5k. It was at 8:30 in the morning not far from my house & it came with Finishers’ Medals. Guaranteed Bling! I really wanted to do it to jump start my new year, but reality forced me to make the wiser choice of passing. I’m actually glad I did, because it is a cold, rainy New Year’s Day and being out in it is not going to help me get well.

So now what? Well even though the Resolution as stated has been busted, I’ve amended it to completing three 5k’s in January: Chilly Willy in Sugar Hill on January 7, Freak’n Freez’n in Dunwoody on January 14 & Java Jog in Dawsonville on January 28. The Java Jog also includes a 10K, which I’m thinking about doing instead of the 5k (disclaimer: thinking only at this point, not included in the resolution:)

Whatever your Resolutions are, good luck keeping them. Try to at least be in the 75% that make it for an entire week! If running is on your list, try to join me for some Five Star races. You don’t have to be a fast runner; heck, you don’t even have to run—Be a run/walker like me. We can hang out together in the back and talk about all the Bling we’re going to get!

Happy New Year and Happy Running!

Kerry

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