When it comes to New Year's Resolutions, kicking butt on the track will always be the answer. But when given the opportunity to share their non-athletic resolutions, check out what the finest fittest athletes on the planet have to say.


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Kibwé Johnson | Amanada Rego

Bridget Franek | Heather Wilson | Tia Brooks

Kaitlin Goodman | Neely Gracey | Britney Henry

Olivia Mickle | Patrick Feeney | Jordan Scott

Kibwé Johnson

My resolution is to improve myself. For so long I had been singularly focused on my training. Which was good and definitely gave me most of the results I wanted. But now it's not as realistic. Finding the balance between laser focus and my other duties was a challenge.

So I'm considering using my Olympian credit through USATF to get my masters degree. I'm also reading more. Not just about training. But motivation. I want to coach, but I also have a strong desire to be an executive/life coach. I believe I have a successful future in both endeavours. We're batting around a few crazy business ideas. It'd be great to get something launched in this calendar year. I'll tell you how it goes next year!

For so long it has been only about my training. I'm using my time more effectively now in order to begin the transition so retirement won't come as such a shock.

Amanda Rego

My New Year's resolution for 2015 is to become more involved with my community. Since I've moved twice in the last year and a half, I'm still settling in Colorado Springs and am hoping to find more projects to keep me busy outside of training. I really believe the key to success in athletics is finding a good balance of time spent training and recovering but also having something else to keep you from sitting around pondering your training all day long. I'm hoping to do some volunteer coaching and I'm excited to get more involved with the local running community in town.

Bridget Franek

For the umpteenth year in a row, I, Bridget Franek vow to make an effort to be on time in 2015.

I am always late but it stresses me out every time. Some people are good at being late. They just apologize and move on. Not me. I stress about it and feel bad in the pit of my stomach because I see it as a sign of disrespect. I want my timeliness to be a sign that I respect you and your time and appreciate that you invited me to something or agreed to meet with me.

Not being on time is also a personal sign to me that I am trying to fit too many things into my day. This year, I will use it as a signal to myself of when I need to slow my life down and live in the moment more. I don't want to be the type of person that is rushing around so much that they don't have time in life to just live- talk and listen to people, clean up the house before I leave, smell the roses, watch the sunset. There. I put it out there to be held accountable. You have my permission to call me out if I don't stick to it! Thank you for your help:)

Heather Wilson

The New Year in many ways means a new beginning, a fresh start, a way to reflect on the past year and improve the year to come.  As a runner many of my resolutions involve improving myself as an athlete, but I find that making goals outside of running not only improve myself, but often compliment my running ambitions. So as the New Year is upon us here are some of my resolutions for 2015:

  1. Be more patient. My mother will tell you that patience has never been a forte of mine.  This year I will try to be more patient with others, myself, and in my training.
  2. Spend more time reading. I’ve always enjoyed reading, but as social media, smart phones and technology keep growing I find myself reading less.  
  3. Floss daily. I go through flossing phases, and by phases I mean I don’t floss until the week before my dentist appointment, and then I floss like a maniac for that week.

Tia Brooks

I don't normally do New Years resolutions, but when reflecting on 2014, I noticed how little I was involved with my current community. With that, I have decided to make a resolution to be much more involved in the community in 2015. With all the hustle and bustle of training and traveling, I would like to take some time out to reflect and give back as much as I can!

Kaitlin Goodman

In 2015, my resolution is to write more letters. As a California girl now living in Rhode Island, I want to do a better job of keeping in touch with my family and friends back home on the West Coast. I don't get to make it home to California as often as I'd like, so next year I resolve to find the time to write more letters and have more phone chats with family and friends, so that I can maintain close relationships with the people I care about, no matter how far away I am.

Neely Gracey

My non running New Years resolutions:
1 - I want to go parasailing, skydiving, or bungee jumping. An adrenaline filled adventure.
2 - Plan a fun weekend retreat with my twin sisters.
3 - It's kind of running related, but I want to be put back in the USADA testing pool as a result of my athletic performances being worthy of recognition by USATF and IAAF.

Britney Henry

This year my resolution is to stay connected with my friends and family. My goal is to blog at least once a month so everyone knows where I am at in the world and in life.

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Olivia Mickle

Happy New Year! Across the world, people use this time of year to set resolutions. Generally, these resolutions are geared toward getting to the gym, eating more healthfully, or contacting mom more frequently. For runners, we generally plan to spend more time stretching, to be more diligent about post work-out recovery, and to be better listeners to our bodies. I, too, have hopes for improvement in 2015. However, beyond my running aspirations, I welcome 2015 with other intentions. I want to spend 2015 working toward being more accepting and less critical of others. As a perfectionist, I tend to critique my friends, my family members, and myself.

Although I have made gains the past few years, I wish to continue to be more accepting of imperfection. I wish to recognize and value the strengths in each relationship, rather than seek to find the flaws. Yes, my dear friend can be consistently late to lunch dates and all too messy, but she is dependable and always there when I need her with a hug and a piece of dark chocolate. Every relationship brings something different to the table. It is my responsibility and my goal to appreciate these positives. I understand that this intention is not something that will be “attained” within a month, or even within a year. Instead, I plan to use the new year as a time to regain focus on who I want to be and how I want to view the relationships in my life.

Patrick Feeney

My New Years Resolutions are to help others by volunteering more often and also to eat healthier. I currently am volunteering at Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center in the Emergency Room and am going to continue doing so. Helping patients is something I am very passionate about and anything I can do to make their lives easier is what I am there for.

As a professional athlete, my eating habits need to change for the better. I do watch what I eat at times, but I also slip up every once in a while. This year as the indoor track season begins, I am really going to watch what I eat so I can produce the best results possible. I truly believe helping others and changing my eating habits will impact my whole self dramatically!

Jordan Scott

Entrepreneurship has always been a goal of mine. My New Years Resolution for 2015 is to start a business, officially! I have a couple tricks up my sleeve that I hope to launch later this year!



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