Running S.M.A.R.T.

It must be January. I just logged on to reserve an evening slot at my TRX gym for tomorrow night, and the dreaded “wait list” message popped up. Most of the year there’s enough space for everyone to get into their preferred class, but January brings out the New Years Resolution folks with good intentions. I won’t be petty enough to say aloud “they won’t last long”, but resolutions are hard, and easily broken.

My favorite article on the ER blog this month is Mike Wortman’s article on running S.M.A.R.T., where he breaks down those letters to lead us on the path to successful running goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based. It’s a great formula for sticking to your resolutions, especially when added to the ER secret weapon: training partners. When you’ve articulated your goals to the runners that you normally train with, motivation and commitment become that much easier. So make your SMART resolutions, wear them on your sleeve, and get out there and soar!

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So I’ve done it again. Depending on your perspective, I’ve been elected, drafted or sentenced to being club president for another year. Fortunately, we have continuity and enthusiasm on the Board of Directors, with Tanya Narath and Luis Rosales joining Karen Frindell-Tuescher, Nuvit Salz and Chris Mason, with Peter Kirk replacing long-serving Bill Browne. Thanks to some stalwart and dedicated volunteers we all have a great club to support and enjoy. Run Happy!

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