2023 on HillRunner.com

It’s that time of the year again. The end of the year is near and it’s time to reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to a new beginning.

While (and at least in part because) 2023 was a busy year for me personally (including being the parent of a very busy and very accomplished runner who is now a state champion!) it has been a little quieter on HillRunner.com. A few changes around the edges but nothing major that is worth writing about in my opinion. I hope to get better at managing what time I have available so I can get more done on the site in 2024 but no promises. I’m not going to do anything that will cause me to miss these precious moments of parenthood that are already disappearing too quickly.

As for what did happen on the site, I removed some tracking that I used in the past to share what were the most read blog posts of the site. Other than sharing what was most read, I just didn’t feel the benefit of the tracking was worth the overhead and the idea (whether right or wrong) that I was doing something that might be considered “spying” on others. So I’m going to share some posts published in the past year that I consider to be among my favorites.

Consistency: Anyone who knows me knows how much I value consistency. I wrote about it here and this will probably become one of those cornerstone pieces of the site, updated and re-published in the future. Consistency is just that important.

Watching Instagram workouts: A big problem in the running and more general fitness world. We see these amazing workouts and think we need to duplicate them without understanding the proper context of the workouts. Please be careful doing this. Note: I also wrote about making Instagram workouts but more people watch than make so I want the focus to be on watching.

You can’t do everything: We often find things we want to add to our routine. But what if our efforts are already maxed out? For everything you add, you need to remove something.

Don’t overlook the 99%: A lot of people get so fixated on that last 1% that it takes to get to your best that they begin neglecting the first 99%. If you neglect the 99%, the 1% is meaningless.

Flexibility leads to consistency: On the topic of consistency, that doesn’t mean doing the same thing all the time. It should be a more broad thought: are you getting the goal accomplished in some form the large majority of the time? Sometimes, having some flexibility helps accomplish that.

Training shouldn’t all be a grind: In my opinion, an important reminder: keep some fun in your training. If you don’t, you’ll struggle to keep it going.

Here’s to more in 2024, including some website updates I have in mind.

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