This year my goal is to clear my mind for 2016. Last year I really enjoyed training all my clients on exercise, running, gaining healthy habits, and nutrition. It's amazing to see such progress, resilience, and determination in people when they once never believed in themselves. I enjoyed my own training, race schedule, Nuun Team participation and where my personal adventures led me. From these experiences in 2015 I learned so much about being healthy, more than you can ever learn from working in a gym, taking classes, listening to seminars or "pumping iron" day-in-day-out. People reach out to me when they are at their lowest and to see them developed and discover skills they never knew they had is something I never want to give up.
2016 will be different from last year. My goals are set the same way I do every year. I write them down, search for my events, focus on some nutrition changes, research new areas for travel, and go for it. I don't set all my goals at once; I set them throughout the year. The focus will be to diversify my own training and adventures. I will be increasing my race distances and indulge in some fast-packing. For me, being healthy is not, and has never been, about going to the gym, dieting, quick fads, or refraining from EVERYTHING to live healthy and strong. Being healthy has to be both physical and mental. My goals this year of increased distances and fast-packing will help me to achieve a clearer mind. Running 50-100 miles gives you a lot of time to make peace with yourself, scream at yourself, turn your mind off and move your feet, or mentally kick it into overdrive and BE STRONG. It also allows one to challenge themselves not just to run, but to strategize. We can all learn from strategizing right?
2016 will be about focused training outdoors, beating the weather at all odds, proper training both mentally and physically, and diversifying my event focus. Racing for Team Nuun, already committing to events with athletes I've met on other courses, and implementing a training plan that's focused on mental and physical training will hit the spot and make 2016 a year to remember. I look forward to increased training outdoors, with friends, family and clients, exploring the trails......and breathing.