Probably about six months ago I started following Oola via social media and after seeing some of their posts that I thought were inspirational, I finally checked out their website/blog. I had completely forgotten about signing up for their New Year #oolafitnesschallenge and then when the emails started appearing, I kind of panicked because I wanted to participate but honestly hadn’t thought about my goals for the new year. I typically do this on my birthday, because realistically, that’s the start of a new year for me.
Here I am on the seventh day of their challenge and I’m finally starting – but in my defense, I had been thinking about my fitness goal since the initial email on the first of January. This year I’m finding it difficult to put my fitness goals down on paper. Yes, I want to stay consistent with my running and yes, I want to become faster and stronger like every other runner, but I also want to focus on why I want to be those things and why I love the sport so much. I want to remind myself that even if I don’t progress this year, that’s okay; my performance may not reflect my happiness. (Doesn’t mean I’m not going to put in the effort to reach those things.)
The fitness goal that I am creating for myself in coordination of this #oolafitnesschallenge is to help three people cross a finish line in 2016.
I am not a professional runner, I know this. And I know that I don’t know how to write training plans, that’s why I’ve hired a coach in the past, am constantly Googling and asking questions of friends who do kick ass at running. But I do know the basics and most importantly, I know how to have fun. I’ve had so so many people help me cross a finish line that I think it’s about time I give back and share the running love.
This form of help may come in many different ways: standing on a sideline cheering someone on with big, obnoxious signs. Early morning training runs or speed work in the rain. Running every step of 26.2 miles with someone and reminding them that yes, we are going to finish! Giving words of encouragement over tea when making the initial decision to lace up. Crossing the finish line is a feeling like no other and I want to be a part of it because happiness is a contagious feeling… and one can never have too much of that in their life.
I’ve got a few ideas running through my mind (no pun intended) and already a couple of friends have reached out to me with their fitness goals for the new year, but no plans are set into motion just yet. Its going to be an exciting year and I can’t wait to see how this all unfolds.