‘I want to stop making excuses’: Routt County experts provide recreation resolution inspiration – Steamboat Pilot & Today

Nearly 500 people participated in the 40th anniversary of the Steamboat Marathon in 2021. Completing a marathon, half marathon or even a 5K is a great resolution for anyone looking to push themselves in 2022.
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It’s officially 2022: Your social media timelines will be full of people announcing fad diets, declaring impossible-to-reach milestones and concluding it all with #NewYearNewMe. But you know better than that.

If you are the type to use the new year to set new goals, (we are actually able to set new goals any day of the year) you can set smart, enjoyable and attainable resolutions.

Routt County is full of casual and not-so casual athletes. With our streets full of triathletes, ultra runners and Olympians, it’s safe to say a lot of people in Steamboat know how to set and achieve their recreational goals.

Not everyone has to go to the same lengths that professional athletes do, but can turn to the pros for aid in establishing and meeting goals.

Set challenging, achievable goals

Resolutions are meant to not only push ourselves, but to improve ourselves and perhaps the world around us.

At the same time, goals shouldn’t set someone up for failure. Resolutions with benchmarks make progress more obvious. Setting realistic, manageable standards is better for our mental health.

Alex Pond, a real estate agent, mountain biker and one of the people behind the Ski Ascent Series, has seen his goals change in recent years as his family started to grow. With a young daughter, he’s had less time to race and train. His definition of physical activity has shifted.

“My goals for the upcoming year are really just maintaining fitness for the times that I can get out and to have as much fun as possible,” Pond said.

“Just take advantage of every minute that you have, whether you get out for a 20 minute run with the dog or you can get out for two hours and enjoy time outside,” he added. “Any little bit of time is always good for your mental and physical (health). … All those little things add up in helping you maintain your fitness. It doesn’t have to look like any sort of workout. It’s all physical activity.”

Try something new

Kayaking, or any water sport, could be a fun, new thing to try in 2022. Don’t think you have to be as wild as the Fish Creek Kayak Race participants, seen during the Yampa River Festival.
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Cara Marrs, a nutritionist, mom, wife and race director with the Steamboat Running Series, sets ambitious goals each year.

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