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My #OLW (One Little Word)

It’s January 6th and I’m nowhere close to achieving any of my triathlon goals for 2015.

It’s crazy how I tend to make lots of inspiring goals and motivating intentions for the year only to be discouraged after a mere few days because I’m not making as much progress as I hoped.

Although I know that goals take time to achieve, I can’t help but wish the road to reaching my goals would be easier and that I’d become a faster runner, a stronger biker and a more efficient swimmer overnight.

One of my 2015 goals is to run a half-marathon in 2:20 or less. That’s 15 minutes faster than my personal record and although I know I’ll have to put in a lot of work to reach that goal, I’m excited and ready to take myself on and go for it.

In addition to setting some goals for the year, I also chose a word for the year: CONNECT.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this post:

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My #olw for 2015 year is CONNECT.

I want to run the mile I’m in and connect with the present moment instead of dreading the hill that I know is coming up. I want to connect with God and with my thoughts instead of disengaging or dreaming about what I’m going to eat after my run (although, who am I kidding? I will always think about food). I want to leave my insecurities about being a slow runner in the dust and log some miles with other runners because I think running brings people together.
These sneakers are one of my favorite Christmas gifts. Davey picked them out for me because, hello, NEON YELLOW. I freaked out when I opened them, not only because they’re my favorite color, but because they’re Brooks pure CONNECT.

I literally get to run IN my one little word this year and I can’t wait to see where the road will lead. 

And then, I reached my first roadblock: hip pain. Like, hip pain that kept me up at night.

Maybe it’s my new sneakers, maybe it’s the fact that I’m  another year older… who knows.

Injuries SUCK. But they don’t have to suck the life out of your or stop your momentum. If I look at this injury through the lens of my goal, I get discouraged, frustrated and really angry that I now have to rest and rehab my hip.

BUT, if I look at this injury through the lens of my word, connect, I see it as a way to connect with my emotions and improve my mental toughness. It’s a great opportunity for me to also connect with my foam roller and get in the habit of stretching every day.

Sometimes one little word is more powerful than a big goal.

So, today, instead of doing my scheduled 2 mile speed workout, I’m going to the gym and I’m going to do this workout, these stretches.

I’m going to focus on connecting with the moment I’m in because this is the only moment I have. And I’m going to connect with my circumstances and see what I can learn from them and how I can make my hips stronger than ever!

Right now, it’s all about progress over perfection, grace over guilt, and patience over frustration. Connection over my usual freak-out-and-get-angry-and-cry-and-feel-sorry-for-myself-for-a-week.

I’m ready to make my sad hips say “Hip-Hip” Hooray! Let’s do this!

Do you have a word for the year?