Ill begin with my own. Last August, I resolved to complete a marathon. Id never done such a thing, so I tried to make this goal doable. I didnt resolve to run. I didnt even consider the 26-miler. Instead, I told myself (and a few friends that part was key) that Id attempt to walk a half-marathon. A few of us signed up for the P.F. Changs Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon, printed out a training schedule, and for the most part actually stuck to it.
The day of the race, I was miserable. My feet hurt before wed even started. But I forced myself to get out there. And I did it. I made it to the end before the cops swept the streets of late finishers. I didnt get a medal (I was just a bit over three minutes past the four-hour mark) and it wasnt at all graceful, but I completed a half-marathon.
Mission accomplished, promise kept. And someday, Im sure, those blisters will heal.
In our 2009 Resolution Guide, were bringing you more stories of promises kept. Allyce Hargrove knew she was spending too much money. Instead of ripping up all her credit cards or putting herself on a budget, she did something simpler (but possibly even more difficult!) and swore off Target for a year. Benjamin Leatherman wanted to get in shape, so he gave up meat. Kimberly Kunasek found the one item she needed to get herself to a more spiritual place. A biting comment finally made it easy for Anne Smith to swear off cheating.
Sure, there have been some lapses along the way, but lots of lessons learned (most notably, Wynter Holdens, in which she tells the true tale of the year she swore off lying). After all, some promises are easier to keep than others.
Like the one I made to myself, about a mile into my own amazing race: I will never again sign up for a marathon, half or otherwise.