Running Resolutions for 2021

Last year I only had one running resolution and that was to enjoy every moment of my final three half marathons of my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states. The full version can be found here: Running Resolutions for 2020. As we all know, COVID-19 put an end to most races in 2020, certainly ones that were in late March or later.

My first half marathon of 2020 was supposed to be the Albuquerque Half Marathon in April, followed by a half marathon in Minnesota in June, and a half marathon in Iowa in September, completing all 50 states. I thought I was going to be able to still run the race in New Mexico since the race director postponed it until November. Of course no one could have predicted that the pandemic would still be going strong through the end of 2020.

With no scheduled races in sight for 2021, this year I’ve decided to make some running resolutions that aren’t related to my goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states. I’m confident I’ll be able to reach my goal when the time is right, but who knows when that will be. Sure, I could probably run three half marathons in 2021 but the question is can I run a half marathon in New Mexico, Minnesota, and Iowa in 2021? As much as I would love for that to happen, I’m not going to hold my breath waiting on that to happen, with all of the uncertainties of the pandemic continuing into 2021.

Since before the New Year, I’ve thought about what my goals for 2021 should be and I had a really hard time coming up with any. Then a few days ago while I was on a run, I finally came up with my first running resolution for 2021: to be more spontaneous when it comes to races. As you probably have figured out, I’ve been completely structured and organized when it comes to my previous half marathons, at least once I had the goal of one in every state.

Most of my half marathons were chosen and planned out several months if not years in advance (really). This year, I’d like to be completely spontaneous and if I see a race that seems interesting and I can feasibly run it, I want to do that. As you may or may not know, I’ve run relatively few local races because I was concentrating on my goal and didn’t want to overdo it with too much racing. Now, however, I can be more spontaneous and run more local races, assuming COVID restrictions are lifted and racing has resumed locally.

My second running resolution came to me when I was walking my dog. I’d like to incorporate more walking into this year. Walking is good cross-training and as I get older I know the importance of not “just” running. Currently, I do yoga once a week, strength train once a week, ride my bike when the weather is conducive, and this year I’ve started walking my dog most days, with a really long walk on Sundays. In 2020 I also hiked in the mountains quite a bit, and I’d love to continue to do that this year as well, but since I don’t live in the mountains I’m limited to when I travel to places with mountains.

That’s it- just two running resolutions for 2021. The second one will be easy for me, but the first one depends on the pandemic. With people already getting vaccinated, hope is on the horizon that things will get “better” and we can return to racing once again.

What about you? Did you make any running resolutions for 2021? Care to share any?

Happy running!


Author: runningtotravel

I'm a long distance runner with a goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states in the US. I also love to travel so I travel to other places when I'm not running races. Half the fun is planning where I'm going to go next!

22 thoughts on “Running Resolutions for 2021”

  1. Your resolutions are amazing! I am going to run my first half this year in March and it isn’t a local race. I am traveling for the first time for a race. There are other things that come along with this travel, but when I saw this half I thought I would like to go do that and then we could also do these other things while we are in town for the race.

    I hope signing up with the half gives me the kick in the pants that I need for training. I’ve been a bit lazy in my runs lately.

    Good luck and enjoy the run!

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    1. That’s exciting- your first half that’s not local! I hope you have a great time during the race and afterwards as well! I know for me, having a race definitely motivates me to get out the door.


  2. These are fantastic resolutions, Donna! We already walked Bandit most days & the length tended to be limited more by my husband (or my other fitness activities) than Bandit.

    Obviously I made this a goal this year too. And then promptly got sick (nothing serious, but I’ve just needed a lot of rest this week). Such is life!

    I have had halfs I’ve been totally spontaneous for, and others planned out way in advance. My husband ribbed me for years because I hadn’t run a half in our home state, though, LOL!

    I’d like to hike more too. But mostly don’t want to do it by myself, the Pandemic doesn’t make me want to find new hiking buddies, and anyway right now it’s winter here. My husband likes to hike but can’t tackle the sorts of hikes I’d like to do.

    Maybe you’ll get to tick off one state this year? Even though I still have lots of states to go, I have serious doubts that I’ll be adding another this year. I would really like to travel somewhere, though, eventually.

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    1. Thanks, Judy. I wanted to make my resolutions pretty low-key given the circumstances. I just came upon the Des Moines half marathon in October and although I haven’t signed up yet I think I will. I’m really hoping by then in-person races will be happening (along with many other pre-COVID things). Who knows what will happen with Minnesota and New Mexico, but fingers crossed I can run in at least one state this year.

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  3. I’ll be doing my first race in FEB. It seems like they are taking the necessary precautions to allow for the race while adhering to CDC guidelines. I’ll try to hit three states for races this year, but it will be tricky as I try to find ones that take the necessary precautions.

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  4. Loved hearing about your resolutions! It’s definitely a challenge to plan goals with all the uncertainties that COVID brings.

    I’m quite new to running, so mine are; to finish Couch to 5K, take part in a ParkRun as soon as they recommence and complete a local 10k in under an hour.

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  5. Oh, I should have made a running goal! I find I run out of daylight so early right now and I’m just not getting out often. For now I’m focusing more on stretching because my flexibility has always held me back a little.

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  6. Both of your resolutions make good sense to me! I think we are all going to have to get used to being more spontaneous with our races this year. We are nowhere near being able to do the big event races. Small races are going to be the first to come back. Back in February, I signed up for a small timed trail race that was supposed to be held Jan. 4 this year. Our state was under stay at home orders then. The race (200 people) was rescheduled for the last Saturday in January. All runners must wear masks at all times. I am going to give it a try.

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  7. What a lovely, optimistic piece, Donna! It’s especially welcome as, here in England, we’re locked down quite tightly (and maybe we’ll be getting even more restrictions soon because of the Covid surge caused by our new world-beating variant).

    There’s a lot of confusion about how much exercise you can do, and how far from home you can go – our Prime Minister got into trouble at the weekend for cycling seven miles away from Downing Street – and as a regular exerciser, I feel a bit disapproved of and anxious as a result.

    So it’s a bit early, really, for runners to be making many resolutions over here. Personally, I suppose I’d like to run another half if we’re allowed to later in the year and, as I’m currently only doing about five miles after a knee injury, I suppose I won’t have to worry about (a) making firm plans and (b) straying too far from home for the authorities’ liking!

    Against this background, it’s nice to think about all you runners in the US still doing your stuff, and also very cheering to see the lovely sunny photos in your blog! I must get my wife and/or kids outside to take some pics of me for my blogposts….

    Thanks again for the blog, and keep going…

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    1. That’s a really bad situation in England on so many levels. As you mentioned, it’s hard if you’re a regular exerciser to not be able to go very far (7 miles on a bike is not that far) and we all know how getting fresh air and exercising is good for our mental and physical well-being but of course I understand the reasoning behind the restrictions.
      Even as bad as things are here in US, on a whole, we’ve been fortunate to still be able to get outside and exercise, with a few exceptions in cities that have been the most effected.
      I’m hopeful that things will continue to improve for all of us.
      Thank you for your kind words.

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  8. Both of your goals seem very doable.

    Most of my races are pretty spontaneous. In fact, many times, I wonder why?? Like I registered for 2 halfs in Fla this Feb!!

    I am resolved to walk outside EVERYDAY. I didn’t feel well today but I am going to go for a walk after work. I wish sometimes I had a dog for this.

    I also want to continue hiking and maybe even challenge myself to do more by myself and harder ones.

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    1. Oh, I don’t mean that all marathons are cancelled for 2021, but the large ones are and the rest are in a state of uncertainty. It largely depends on what the state mandates are and how many people can gather in one area at a time. I may actually be able to run two in-person half marathons this year and possibly even a third.

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