January is considered a month for resolve, renewal and rejuvenation. But that’s a lot of pressure. Instead of making daunting, unrealistic or too-easily-broken resolutions, set reasonable goals and take action to achieving those objectives and put yourself on a consistent path for an epic year.


Make a long-term plan for what you want to accomplish in the spring, summer or fall—whether that means getting fit for a half-marathon, running your fastest marathon, planning a vacation around an overseas trail race or tackling your first 50-mile ultra—and then set out the steps it will take to get you there.


Start this week! Commit to those goals. Download a training program. Join a weekly running group. Hire a coach. Sign up for fitness classes. Buy new running shoes. Do 100 sit-ups every morning as soon as you wake up. Take our 30-day challenge. Just start doing it. Right now. Don’t wait until the first week of January zips by.


Work, school, family and daily tasks can get in the way, but only if you allow it. Plan your week around specific daily workout times and make it happen. Aside from long weekend runs and races, it really only takes an hour a day (or sometimes even less) to put you on the path to achieving your goals. It won’t happen unless you make it happen on a regular basis. Set goals, take small steps and be relentless in your pursuit in the new year.

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