Saturday, January 22, 2011

2011 Running Goals / Resolutions

Ah yes, the ubiquitous “goals” or “resolutions” post. You’ve seen them across the blogosphere or even posted on fridges. It seems that these posts go one of two directions: Throw a few wishy washy goals up that are either so immeasurable or easy that a drunken monkey could achieve them…. OR throw a million super hard specific goals up that only superman achieve.

Whelp, I decided to fall somewhere in the middle. So, I’ll have a Superman cape on, but I’ll be drunk.....and I'll be having a BLAST with the x-ray vision.

Here are my goals / resolutions for 2011.

Run a 3:15 marathon
Yeah, remember that I had a 3:20 marathon goal out there? I decided that since I couldn’t muster that in 3 tries, I’d just train for a 3:15 marathon instead – skip right over it. This is how my brain works. Can’t win the lottery? Just start digging for oil. Skip right over.

Make one attempt at a 3:10 marathon
During 2011, I WILL start a marathon running a 7:15 pace and hold on for dear life. In fact, I will probably start out closer to a 7:10 pace. I’m not saying that I will actually RUN a Boston Qualifying marathon time – but so help me, as long as I wish I was a member of N'Sync, I’m going to give it the college try. I’m really going to focus on quality marathons vs quantity this year which I think will help a lot.

Run a sub 18:30 5K
Run a sub 18:10 5K
That is 20 seconds faster than my current 5K PR.  I think I’ve farted longer than 20 seconds. I should be able to knock 20 seconds off a 5 THOUSAND meter race. Right? RIGHT? (In actuality, this will be pretty hard)   (Update: So, I've been writing these over the past 3 weeks or so and as it turns out, I sort of / kind of ran a 18:35ish 5K.  So, needed to kick this one up a notch.  BAM)

Do some form of core work after EVERY training run
One thing that I’ve been lacking this past year is poop jokes core work. I don’t at all consistently do core work and it is really the key to fast 5K times and not bonking during long runs. The trick here is that I’ll do it as part of my cool down / stretch routine so it will just seem like an extension of running.

To go from this:


Hopefully, to go to this:


Volunteer for at least one race
It is fun, you usually get a free shirt, and you sometimes get to meet cool online running buddies. Just like Wilford Brimley says: “There is just no reason not to”


Eat healthier
Yeah, this is my drunken monkey resolution. I thought about making this one “eat x vegitables a day” or “only eat french fries once a day” but in the end I’d like to make a bunch of little changes to help me be just a squeek heathier. All told, I sort of eat like a teenager….who just took a hit off of a massive bong and thereby has the munches – and I could probably clean that up a bit.

So, there they are! Hopefully I don’t need a superman cape for all of them. But, I think that they are just hard enough that I can’t be drunk the entire time and waltz right through them either.

40 comments:

Dash said...

Those are some hearty resolutions, but I find that people who are over-busy, like with a new child, a travelling job and a #2 blog, those are the kind of people that are indeed, super heros! I have no doubt you will do it. On the core side, I found my stomach wheel again a little over a year ago and then it disappeared for two weeks over Christmas. Now that it's back it once again reaffirms that it is one tough mother of a core workout! Have a great 2011, I look forward to hearing all about it!

Lisa said...

I'm glad you added volunteering to your list of goals. I should remember to do that too. It's a fun way to give back.

giraffy said...

Volunteering at a race is one of the best things I've done - so much fun!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Great things to shoot for, you'll kill them! Good luck!

Chanda M. DeFoor said...

Your posts always make me laugh. Those a fantastic goals! Best wishes to you. I love the photo of your "after" abs.

Chris K said...

Adam = Chris K's rommate in Boston 2012. Now all we gotta do is qualify. I'm volunteering at a race TOMORROW. Mile 16 water station and I'll be a toga! Sounds like something you'd do.

Chad said...

Start by cutting down to one pound of fries each day. Then work your way up to eating a carrot each month. You'll get there in no time.

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RunningLaur said...

so, do you just google 'superman drinking' to find that picture, or what?

Allie @ The Constant Pursuit said...

I have no doubt a BQ is in your future! As for the donuts... obviously you need the carbs and sugar to power your training. That's my philosophy, anyway. ;)

ShutUpandRun said...

you obviously need to come to altitude to get that 3:15 marathon. and drink beers with me the day before.

Diana said...

Nice blog. I found you via runninglaur's . So did you run the PF Chang's or just work the expo? I didn't know they were selling the wine bottles. Thought they were samples only.

Take a hop over to my blog www.1mileattime.com.

Keep blogging, i'll keep reading! :)

Katie said...

Planks and push-ups, BAM core work done!

I'm adding volunteer for a race to my list, that is one I can achieve no matter what and I need that. Plus it's awesome.

18:10 You got that!! I need to cut 2 mins of my time to reach my goal time, so that might be one of those goals where that are so impossible that. . . I forgot the rest. Whatev I'm still going for it :D and I'm still gonna be drunk.

Nicole said...

"I sort of eat like a teenager….who just took a hit off of a massive bong and thereby has the munches", touche! I usually throw in a vegetable and then cover it in delicious but nutritionally void food, such as cheese, to make myself feel a little better. Also, they make a Munchies mix which is like Chex mix but has a variety of chips and stuff. You should try it if you haven't already, maybe with a side of carrots (and ranch or some nasty dip)?
The 3:15 marathon will happen, and of course the BQ.

Running Through Phoenix said...

I'm surprised you didn't mark an AZ 'touch' state to add to your map. NM has some cool runs and Utah has something doesn't it? Nevada would be a fun state to run away from.

Alanna said...

Your running goals are great - those times are wishful thinking for me so I'll happily live vicariously through you.

My abs are going to look like that at the end of the year too, but I refuse to dye my hair green even if I am a St. Patty's Day baby. And that last picture made me vomit in my mouth a little bit... thanks for that.

Her Name Is Rio said...

At first I thought maybe it was you in the Superman costume (!). I look forward to following your progress on these goals!

Pat said...

you can do 310. Great list of goals.

Cynthia O'H said...

Love the resolutions. 5K - doable. My experience is the guys clocking those times are eating, drinking and living running - but I'm also talking about an older crowd (over 40) or younger (under 20). I actually don't run with any guys who are 20 to 40, now that I think about it. hmmm.
Volunteering - just awesome.

Silly Kristal said...

I tagged you in my blog!

Amanda@runninghood said...

I loved this post. Great goals. I think running a 3:15 (one of my goals too) is easier for me than breaking 20 in the 5k. 5ks are hard! And love that you can fart longer than 20 seconds. That's now one of my goals too.

Pam said...

Very awesome and very achieveable (for you) goals!

(BTW, did you notice that your hit counter jumped the 100,000 mark?)

Anne said...

Liking the goals...have a great year!

kilax said...

Have you posted about your post run stretching routine? I would like to see how you are incorporating core work. I have realized this week just how weak my core is!

Now I want to see your 2011 race schedule so I can see when you are going to hit 3:15 and 3:10!

The Laminator said...

I'm with you Adam! Go for Superman status. Yes, Go Big or Go Home! Haha! Nice pictorials BTW.

Reminds me I better start cracking on the 800s...my PR at 5K is only 18:25...if you get your goal, that means...well, we'll know what that means! LOL!

Angie Bee said...

Love the goals :) Its only January and I have bailed on a couple of mine already...well maybe not bailed but altered!

Rose said...

I'm looking forward to you dying your hair.

Al's CL Reviews said...

Good list.

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

Looks like your ab workout will turn you into Dennis Rodman.

Morgan said...

Open your Feb issue of Runner's World and do the Fully Fit workout, been doing it for 3 weeks, 2-3 times max and my abs are ripped right now. Your welcome.

I believe you will BQ cuz damn it all, we gotta have a Boston meet-up next year!!!

dannie chOOng said...

loves your blog. should be noinated for one of the “Best Running Blogs 2011″ too !!! hope to read many more of your fantastic running stories. sending you greetings from Malaysia…

Jess said...

Good luck with the goals!

C2Iowa said...

3:09:25 - - just saying; not 3:10. Bonus points when you achieve that goal with green hair.

Jamoosh said...

What the heck happened to "Run with Jamoosh?" Seriously, we all know the world is coming to an end in 2012, so this is your last chance.

Bummed...

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

These goals don't seem too crazy for you. (They would be crazy for me, but thats why they are YOUR goals.) :)

RunnuRMark said...

Woohoo! I get another 5 seconds of fame! You mind if I nab that pic, btw?

I have no doubt that you CAN achieve those goals. I'm confident you'll hit the 5K time. The 3:15 might be tougher, just because it's not always easy to fit in enough miles with a crying poop machine at home. I think that's what sabotaged it for me last year. But you ARE Super Adam though...

Runners Fuel said...

Love the goals!!

Ulyana said...

WOW, those are some hard core goals... the photo of the superman is very fitting :-D

Andrew Opala said...

I think you're way off Adam ... you need to open up your goals to your readers and then summarize the best.

I for one would like to see you in Runners World in an article "how I train for Marathons with Arugula and Pineapple Juice." The possibilities are endless, not to mention the body parts and rooms in your house that pictures can be taken of!

Nej said...

That green hair is very becoming.

The Green Girl said...

Good luck with the 3:15 and 3:10 - so exciting.

It's weird how you change race when you get ripped abs?