We’ve rung in 2017 and, like every runner out there, our Canadian elites are writing their own running- and personal-related resolutions. Here’s what they had to say:
1 – Doing my Physio ‘homework’ (hip drills) to prepare for the biggest Running ‘exams’ (goal races)! I will take 20min a day to work on new hip drills to strengthen core muscles to help align and take load off repetitive-use soft tissues as my mileage increases in the new season.
2 – Taking more opportunities to connect with my new nephews (Cohen 2.5 years and Oliver 2 months old). While they live in BC, we can connect through digital and also when races take me that way. Family is important to me and I cherish the chances to get to see the new things they come up with each new day as they grow up so fast.
1 – After a few injuries, I need to focus more on the little aspects of running (recovery, nutrition, hydration etc). I seem to
set this resolution every year, so hopefully this is the year I make it a habit and stick with it.
2 – Big life changes with regards to employment and my personal life in 2016, means I will spend 2017 focusing more so on myself. This means being happy, healthy and spending less time worrying about what others think.
Natasha LaBeaud Anzures:
1 – My running-resolution is to keep up with the little things that make a big difference including: staying positive, regular visits for physio, and focus during drills.
2 – My husband, Marco Anzures, and I cofounded the youth running non-profit organization 2nd Recess that teaches kids 4-13 about healthy habits through running. We have multiple locations in San Diego and have a 2017 goal of reaching more locations in the area so that more kids can access the program, while also having more adult running workouts at the same time as kids’ practices so that parents can stay fit too!
1 – To ensure I continue doing my activation and strength training exercises to stay healthy for 2017 and so I can get back out to what I love… racing !
2 – To keep my girls healthy and active with fun activities together.
1 – One of my running goals this year is to remain uninjured and run consistently throughout 2017. To accomplish this we are trying something new — taking 1 day off running each week (cross-training only). We’ll see how this goes. On a similar note, I will try to not stress about the mileage number at the end of each week. . .
2 – In real life, I’d like to read more. I got through a good amount of books this past year but I know I can do better!
1- I am not going to stress the small stuff on race day. It’s important to just to play the hand that is dealt that day. If the weather is off, so be it. If I miss a bottle, so be it. And so on and so forth!
2 – Take time to make more calls back home to friends and family. Texts are great but calls are better!
1 – Embrace change and keep learning. Make easy runs easier and hard runs harder to achieve personal best at 40!
2 – Give more into cooking for my family. Try new recipes while continuing to keep nutrition, cost, and packaging in mind.
1 – Focus on sleep and good nutrition. Two things that easily get lost in the shuffle these days 😉
2 – Find some balance. Kids, wife, running, coaching, drinking beer… sometimes it’s hard to know where to focus my time and energy!
1 – Stretch more. This is often an area I tend to overlook/ignore and the body is showing signs of neglect in the stretch department. If I can stretch one minute for every minute of running, I’ll be a happy camper.
2 – None as of right now. The move to Guelph just took place, so I need time to get comfortable and will evaluate myself as time passes.
I don’t make new year resolutions but I do set goals throughout the year. Here’s the latest goal…
Since my husband Mark works full-time, I’m in school full-time and we have a toddler to look after, finding time to run/train is challenging. Our goal for the winter is to “run commute” to work/school to get in our off-day runs/mileage and once a week take a couple of hours to ourselves to do a workout.
Life is pretty hectic these days so I find running helps me clear my head and recharge.
1 – to make it a priority to do strength/core work and rolling out/stretching every day. I’m hoping to run more half marathons and 10k’s in 2017 which means I’ll need to be much more proactive about these things to avoid injury.
2 – to be more organized with my leftovers and grocery shopping so I stop throwing out so much food!