Talk of New Years Resolutions meets mixed reviews. Some people swear by the annual goal setting ritual, while others think “Why bother? I never have the time, money, or (insert other limiting factor here)…”
And for a long time, I thought that way too, until last year I set myself a goal to run a 2km section of the Galloping Goose Trail. I started in spring, on sunny days, running a 100 m light jog, walking, then another 100 m, slowly increasing the ratio of the part I ran to the part I walked. And an amazing experience began to emerge: the 2km became easier and easier, and then it became downright fun. (I understand now the Runner’s High.)
It also taught me an important lesson about life, especially in our instant-gratification, always-on modern world, that long term goals require working at a bit at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was a 2km run.
This year I’m resolving to turn that 2km into 5km.