- Words: Color Vs. . . Colour?
- Money: I like to save vs. . . 28 payments for a new TV? 18% interest!? Sign me up! What could go wrong!?
- Anderson Cooper: Ok seriously, what “team” does he play for? (Like it matters, the dude has arms like tree trunks!)
- New Years Resolutions: Yay! New year, new underwear, new life! Changes start NOW!!!! Vs. . . I’m going to live my resolutions EVERY day.
Like I’ve said in the past, I’m the resolutions/goal setting type. I like to set a bar, often too high, and then sell my soul (sell my sole? Har har – running humor) to try to achieve them. My mantra has always been that if you hit more than 50% of your goals, you’re not setting them high enough. Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve been known to trip over a few ankle-high “goal bars” and belly flop onto the curb of success more than once. But, more often than not, I grab hold of one of those huge pole vault deals, strap on some booty shorts, and try to clear 14 feet. Here, are my 2012 goals and resolutions - all 14 feet of them.
Push Up Challenge
To prove how well rounded I am, I’m starting out with a non-running goal! I heard about this one on Twitter. Simply, every other day, you do 2 more pushups (“Press-ups” to those across the pond – I’m so cultured) than two days before. So, on Jan 1, I did 1 pushup. Today, February 2, I did 33 pushups. And, on December 31st, I will do 356 pushups, (33,480 for the year) shit my pants, and die of exhaustion. At least, that is what I think will happen. The thought here is that, runners myself included, have long abandoned any upper body workouts. We’re content with T-Rex dinosaur arms and stringy powerful legs. I want to change that and work on my boob muscles a bit.
100 miles per week
Complete 1 Race a month
I really need to race more. Racing is fun, a great way to connect with other runners, serves as good speedwork, and quite honestly the only way I expand my running wardrobe. I might not be able to complete an “official” race every month, but there is no reason why I can’t go to the track and run 3.1 miles ALL OUT every 4 weeks and take ridiculous pictures in the process.
Volunteer in at least one Race
I can admit it – I’m not nearly as philanthropic as I should be. There is 100% no reason why I can’t do this. Honestly, there is no reason why this shouldn’t be a higher goal.
Keep this guy out of trouble (as he is playing with an OPEN Cheerios box)
Coach to the best of my ability
Ok, I'm not going to out myself as a bad coach in my year in review post. But I would be lying to myself if I didn't have an internal goal to continue to be the best running coach that I can be to all of my athletes. I have a swanky RRCA certification but (much) more importantly, I want to continue to expand my knowledge of the way we work and how to squeeze the last bit of go-juice out of each and every one of us.
PR in 5K (Sub 18:00)
In spite of my lofty mileage goal, I’d really love to race a 5K all out. I haven’t done it since late spring last year and I feel like I have at least a minute of untapped speed just begging to be stripped from my PR. There is always a balance because I enjoy nothing more than running 5Ks with my family – but at least a few times this year I need to run one FAST.
PR in the Half Marathon (Sub 1:29)
This goal is sort of a gimmie because I really want to race a few half marathons as part of marathon training. I’ve ran 1:34 halves as part of a number of marathons (and then blew up) so I honestly think this one should be in the bag. I just hope I don’t trip over the low bar goal and fall flat on my face.
If the Boston Marathon was my cousin, I’d kiss it on the mouth.