Year End Accomplishments that bring with it new opportunities – Part 1

Finish line Gulf Coast Half Marathon - Pensacola April  '14Its hard to believe how fast the Holiday Season comes and goes, but as each season ends, it ushers in a New Year with hopes, goals, dreams and potentially new beginnings.  What’s also interesting are the trends with resolutions as it seems to be similar every year, lose weight or get fit, actually those are the #1 and #5 resolutions for 2015.  What is even more interesting is the fact that 48% of Americans make resolutions and only 8% meet what they set out to do, scary if you think about it – why set a resolution.

Instead why not set 30 day goals, try something different every 30 days, or try something like setting a goal of making a specific wave for a specific road race, then follow your progress and you’ll see yourself completing something weekly as opposed to giving up on a resolution, seems more fulfilling.  Those weekly accomplishments, become monthly accomplishments and before you know it six months has passed and you’ve done more than you would’ve by setting one resolution at the beginning of the year.

As 2014 came to an end I had time to reflect back and couldn’t believe how quickly we have arrived at the 5th year of the running series – wow 5 years and still going strong.  I could remember late 2010, just like it was yesterday, when I met with the Atlanta BeltLine leadership and started conversations around the development of the running series to generate support and awareness for the project.

As we approach the 5th year of the running series I have had the honor to meet some pretty amazing folks and they’ve shared with me their stories.  I’ve always been fascinated to learn more about people especially when it comes to what motivates them and the types of goals they set, especially as it is related to Health.

Kim Mckinney is one of those individuals that I have had the pleasure to meet and she’s given me the permission to share her story with you. I hope that you enjoy.

Kim began running in 1994, she went on to tell me ‘That was the year I ran my first 5K (finishing time was about 38 minutes). I started running mainly because I wanted to try to lose some weight, get in shape, just get off the couch & do something. I didn’t really have an inspiration to start running, just the desire to get in better shape than I was in at the time’, Kim stated.

When I asked her what her favorite event was, Kim replied ‘That is almost like trying to say which one is your favorite dog!’. ‘I like 5ks & 10ks because I like to see how hard I can push myself for 3.1 or 6.2 miles, Kim replied. ‘I also like half marathons because 13.1 miles is a good workout without wearing out for the whole day (or week!). I think the marathon distance is my favorite, 26.2 miles can really wear me out, but I love the feeling of accomplishment I get after every one!’, Kim Stated. ‘At some point in most marathons I am running by myself, so it is just me and the road or whatever I have to do to get me through the next mile. There is a lot of time to think about the training I did for that event, what I did right or wrong & what I will do differently for the next one’, Kim stated.  Kim went on to tell me her favorite marathon is a tie between Santa Rosa, CA, Leadville, CO and Baltimore, MD’.  Those are certainly some beautiful destinations with breathtaking views that can help one through the pain of running 26.2 miles.

Follow more on her story next week as we post a second blog ——————————————————————————————————————————————————-

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