Keeping the streak alive
Happy new year to all! There's no better time than now to reflect on last year's achievements, convert it into this year's improvements, and act upon the realistic goals set with careful planning that is measurable. This may sound all too common and redundant talk, especially if you work in the automotive industry like me. Jokes aside, that statement is universal to all... if goals are to be realized, then you better practice what you preach!
I started off my year with a mindless, resolution run with 18km logged for the 2018 year.
I have also been shoe shopping for this upcoming run year. I decided to finally step away from my usual comfort zone of Asics and made the jump into the Saucony realms. One thing different from previous years is that my shoes will be stability based rather than the neutral pronation ones that I have been wearing, as per the recommendation of my chiropractor. It will be interesting to see how the following pairs of shoes will turn out when I retire them from clocking in the mileage: Nike Air Zoom Structure 21 Shield // Saucony Guide 10 // Saucony Liberty ISO
Motivators to Keep the Mileage going
I was excited to learn that Lululemon brought back the 40|80 Challenge back on Strava. In a nutshell, it is essentially using a GPS equipped tracker (e.g. GPS watch / monitor, Strava app for iPhone or Android) and accumulating a set mileage of 40 km or 80 km. It is a great way to kickstart the running routine and getting outside for some much needed fresh air along the way. New to this year's challenge in my uptown area is the absolute blistering cold temperature from the polar vortex episode. Without absolute proper dressing and layering of clothes, you are sure to get sick or worse yet hypothermia from this unforgiving temperature. Rather than dreading the conditions, I see it as a rare opportunity to really embrace the elements and simulate for one of my upcoming races in early March 2018 with the Burlington Chilli Half Marathon. I know that this upcoming week will be much more forgiving in terms of temperature and hopefully others will take advantage of it!