6 Over-Ambitious New Year Resolutions For Runners

  • By Emily Polachek
  • Published Jan. 8, 2014
  • Updated Feb. 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM UTC

It’s a week into the new year and the lack of running done over the holidays is embarrassingly apparent. All the vacationing, vegging out on the couch and stuffing yourself with delicious home-cooked meals has taken its toll on your runner’s physique. It’s time to get back into old running habits and spice it up with a few new goals for 2014. However, goals aren’t achieved overnight and it’s easy to become discouraged, even in the first week! So here’s a reality check for 6 common over-ambitious 2014 resolutions. Remember, you’ve got 356 days to go til 2015.

Resolution #1:  Wanting to go from this…

The effects of holiday over-eating.

To this:

There’s a reason not everyone is named Bolt.

Resolution #2: Eating Healthy

Paramount Pictures/ via

Paramount Pictures/ via

You’ve decided it’s time to shed the extra holiday poundage.

Paramount Pictures/ via

Paramount Pictures/ via

But sometimes it’s just easier to eat what you want.

And more delicious.

Resolution #3: Incorporating More CrossFit Workouts

Don’t beat yourself up, if you can’t deadlift 300 pounds on the first day.

Avalon Television/ via

Avalon Television/ via

Take it slow. You’ll get there eventually.

Resolution #4: Doing Yoga To Improve Flexibility

You won’t be able to touch your toes like this.

This is the best part of yoga anyway.

Resolution #5: Investing In All The Latest Running Gear

Knuckle lights are a must this year.

Resolution #6: Running A Flawless Marathon

Whether it’s your first or tenth marathon, you not only want to feel good, but you want to look good for an entire 26.2 miles. For once, is it too much to ask for a decent finishing photo?

In reality, though, no one looks perfect finishing their marathon. At least your friends might carry you to the car.

But you did it! You finished the race! And all that matters is how much food you’ll reward yourself with after.


Emily Polachek

Emily Polachek

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