Thursday, February 2, 2012

2012 New Years Resolutions

Throughout my 30 years on this earth, I’ve learned that there are certain topics that divide people.  Topics that, no matter how small the sample size, there are always two very specific viewpoints:

  • 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
During the last two marathon cycles, I’ve said bye bye to my family and dove head first with running reached upwards and upwards with my running mileage.  I ultimately peaked at a total of 70 miles per week for a number of weeks.  I can certainly feel the benefits of the increased miles in my endurance.  But, how far up is too far?  I once thought 50 miles was high.  Now 70 doesn't seem to phase me. What about 100 miles?  All that I would have to do would be to run 70 miles like I have before (in the mornings) and add 5 miles each night.  Piece of cake! And, based on how much I’d be running, lots of cake would be consumed.

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.

Boston Qualify
If the Boston Marathon was my cousin, I’d kiss it on the mouth. And post pictures on my blog.  While most people in their mid thirties will scoff at this, I feel father time tapping me on the shoulder and saying “Yup, ‘bout time to do some ass dragging and wrinkle growing”.  In the back of my head, I can’t get the nagging feeling that my fastest days are NOW.  So, I have to go for it.  I’m redoubling my efforts, eating well better, doing the core work and cross training that I need to be doing, and laying it all on the line.  Afterall, just like I said for my Rock and Roll AZ Race Report, going for high goals leads to one of two things: Huge PRs or spectacular failures. . . and both are excellent blog posts.


Alanna said...

Being Canadian I'll always throw a random "u" into words... Apparently I wasn't mediocre in high school javelin - I was just a t-rex in disguise. :)

Happy training in 2012!

Stephanie Anne said...

I love making goals too.

Agreed that PRs & Failures make excellent blog posts. Can't wait to read about yours!

My Boring Triathlon Blog said...

My goal is to watch more pole vaulting!!

Losing Lindy said...

I think you should sign up for one of those mud runs

pensive pumpkin said...

It's bad enough to have Hubby making fun of my T-Rex arms. Now you're doing it too? (When I try to fight him, he just holds my forehead away with his palm and I can't even reach. I married a giant.)

MotherRunner said...

Yeah, you would grab ahold of a huge pole... err.. I mean - awesome resolutions. Your kiddo is adorable and I look forward to reading about some PRs in 2012.

kelly4482 said...

I'm Canadian as well, it is colour, neighbour etc...
365 push ups, woo hoo, you go!

Mike said...

T-Rex dinosaur arms come in handy when the meal bill hits the table. Sorry guys, I can't reach it :-).

Jill@Run for the Hills said...

I have no doubt you will be a success, but I have one concern. Will your runner's legs be able to hold up your push-up chest/arms? We don't want an orange on a toothpick situation.

Jamie said...

Wow the pushup challenge sounds really hard! I don't know if I could do 356 pushups! You can take breaks during the day right?

I also want to run one race every month. So far so good!

gene @boutdrz said...

i'm sorry. i'm CERTAIN that there was content below the pole vaulter's picture, but i have NO IDEA what it was.
probably something about goals, a picture of your cute kid, and maybe some other stuff.
pole vaulter in booty shorts FTW!

TriMOEngr said...

The bigger and hairy-er the goals - the better. Love this! Best wishes to a fantastic year (or some great failure blog posts)!

Morgan said...

This list looks to me like a whole lot of excellent blog content to fill the year... :) Go get 'em Adam!

Runners Fuel said...

Great goals!! My goals is to not procrastinate too much, I haven't made my goal list, yet.

Michael said...

Those are some hairy goals...with the biggest one being the pushup challenge. If it is to be done all at once, that will TRULY be an epic challenge.

Keep us informed of your progress...we LOVE a good show. :-)

Jamoosh said...

Wait a minute - I was supposed to get new underwear in January...

Jill said...

Those are great goals, Adam! I've been running with a local running store team and it's forcing me to volunteer's really fun!

danny said...

I have a proposal for you:
7 days, 7 posts, >100 miles.
Starting March 12.

After several run-ins with the high 90s I thought I was done with big mileage, but the itch is back. Are you in? (Loser does a guest post on the other's blog on the subject of how great the winner is...Don't ask me what defines a loser, or winner.)