January 3, 2014
Wow, it is actually 2014. I know most talented bloggers probably already shared their resolutions by now, but I wanted to wait to make sure mine were right. I created a long list of personal, professional and running goals versus resolutions for 2014. I think by having clearly defined goal provides a more realistic path for success than the typical resolution that is typically forgotten by Groundhog Day.
In the past I have made a variety of resolutions, most which I think I forgot within a fortnight. Only three have lasted. I gave up red meat in 1992. In 2006 I resolved to eat read meat. However this is only if I am served it at someone’s house to be a gracious guest. I was tired of being asked at every BBQ by the host if they really needed to buy one special chicken breast just for me when everyone else was having filet mignon. (That being said, I would appreciate that chicken breast still) I vowed to drink more red wine sometime in the mid-2000″2 as well, which I was technically able to achieve by drinking one glass since I previously never drank any. I usually down around three glasses of the red stuff each year. I never said I set the bar very high. I never actual wrote my resolutions down and certainly never developed an actual plan for success. Rather I would white knuckle it until I could forget what I was trying to do. Like I said, typically a less than a fortnight effort. This year is different. They are written down and I am working on a formal plan for each.
I am not going to share the personal and professional goals, but I do have a few running goals that I am allowing everyone to hold me accountable to accomplish.
1. Run every day in 2014. I considered running 2,014 miles but realized I was nowhere near in shape enough to average the 38.73 miles per week needed to achieve this milestone. So my slothful 2013 attitude has me committed to running 364 days this year despite rain and snow and even sleet. Of course since I live in Arizona the 110 degree summer is probably the more likely troublesome weather. So even if it is unbearably hot or the day after a marathon or I am incredibly busy or even if I fear traveling more than 15 feet from the bathroom, I am still going to run – every day. 2013 was not kind to my running with injuries, apathy and the impact of the Boston Marathon Bombings taking a toll on my consistency. But it is 2014 and that is all in the rear view mirror.
2. Run a marathon. Yea I have run nine already but I haven’t run one since PF Changs two years ago. It is time. Right now I am thinking the Reykjavik Marathon in Iceland. This is in late August so that means I will be knocking out 20 milers in the heat of the summer. Joy, joy, joy.
3. Break 23 minutes in a 5K. It isn’t close to my PR, but a hell of a lot faster than I have been running them.
4. Run my age in a 10K. I will be using old Boston timing guidelines for this so I get the full 59 seconds on the 46 or 47 minutes. 47:08 is my PR, so this is going to be a tough goal to accomplish. But that is why I am doing goals and not resolutions.
5. Volunteer at 5 events. I called out splits at the Phoenix 10K and handed out the race t-shirts at the Desert Classic last month. It was fun sharing with the runners’ excitement. It is also a way of giving back to this sport that has given me so much. Plus I get $5 in Arizona Road Runner bucks each time I volunteer.
6. Find a shoe I like. I have been searching and searching since adidas stopped making Supernova Classics in 2011. I have found shoes that sucked and shoes that I didn’t mind, but I haven’t found a shoe I love and committed to. (I just got a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspires today – fingers crossed) I ran in Supernova classics for 9 years as my primary shoe. LOVED them. Miss them. But is there really only one true love for each of us?
7. Blog at least once a week. I am not sure if this is welcome news for everyone or not, but it is on my list so I have to attempt it.
That is it. I think some are tall orders, but good goals regardless to keep me motivated and focused. I am glad that 2013 is over, there was just too many negative events that I personally experienced or affected people I knew. Some pesky and some downright tragic.
I know I said I wasn’t going to, but I am going to share one of my personal goals anyhow. I am going to teach my incredibly neurotic dog, Molly, how to catch a Frisbee. She is an Australian Shepherd mix and is supposed to be innately predisposed to catch them, but instead just the sight of a Frisbee sends her hiding.
There you have it. Lets check back in 362 days and see how I did.