While last year went pretty well for me reading wise, my physical life was a bit of a disappointment. I ran, but not with the regularity, or speed, I would have liked.
This year is going to be different. This year is all about consistency… and maybe a little speed.
My goals are simple: 2,000 miles for the year, PR at the marathon distance, get back on the bike, and do a whole bunch of pushups.
Run 2,000 Miles for the Year. Year after year I set this as a goal and year after year, I fail. This year, for the first time in a very long time, I’m starting off the year motivated and uninjured. If ever there was a year I could do this, it would be this year.
I know what the key is to getting this done – consistent mileage over weeks and months. But even though I know this is what it takes to get fast, and dozens and dozens of BQ(Q)s have born this out, it has still been a real struggle for me.
Take the last week, for instance. I was cruising right along, averaging 30-40 miles a week, and then a late night of work, and poof –everything went out the window. I haven’t run in almost a week, and I won’t be running tonight, either.
This is the central problem in my running, and it’s the central, physical/mental challenge I will address this year.
Tomorrow, it’s back on the horse for the 10,000th time.
PR at the marathon distance. I’m signed up for the Vermont City Marathon this spring. It will be my first full marathon in more than three years. I’m terrified, and excited. If I can stay healthy, there’s no reason I can’t set a PR.
Bike 1,000 miles for the year. I’m looking at perhaps doing a triathlon this summer, or perhaps not, it depends on a lot of different things. Either way, I’d like to fit in some more cross training. Bike commuting is an easy way to get that done. So I plan to put some miles on the old Pista this year, if I commute in most days, it shouldn’t be too difficult to hit 1,000 miles.
Do A Whole Bunch of Push Ups. For the 1,000th time, I’m doing the 100 push up challenge. Strength training is important as we age, you know, and my son thinks it’s hilarious when I do pus ups – that’s a plus.
In previous years I’ve set up complex goals involving bodyweight feats, climbing, lifting and so much more. I hope to do better this year by setting simpler, if perhaps more time consuming, goals. I’ll be tracking these in the weekly training totals I post here. Stay tuned for various forms of failure!