Sunday, February 02, 2014
So on my first run today (yeah one of those days that I wanted to do two,) I'm running proud thinking about how I've lived up to this running everyday commitment. I wasn't thinking about today's running. No, I was thinking actually about the one mile run last night. I was fighting some bug or allergy the past few days, and last night I was SHOT! I barely stayed up in the afternoon to watch a movie on the couch. About like 9:30 (I think) I remembered that I hadn't done my run for the day. UP I WENT to go for my minimal mile AND IT WAS SNOWING! NOW.........there's some other things at play here. These 4 commitments I made the first of the year are kind of intertwined with one another. Run a hundred days straight for at least a mile? I'll do better, I'll run everyday of the year. EVERYDAY? Yeah but I'll also run 1000 miles this year too. Those two are closely knit together actually. No matter how many miles, it's all adding to the year's total. And the minimum is a mile of course that coincides with the 100 days challenge. And in reality, I can knock that out (usually) in about 10 minutes, and I can gut out 10 minutes of running NO MATTER WHAT! I picked what looks to be not just one of the coldest but the snowiest too (yeah I can really pick them right?) All this has been strategy though. What started as a strategy to still conquer some of them have formed into a group of challenges that are helping one another. Its powered by a bare minimum, but still challenging goal. That's the secret to getting on the path to a goal. Set one that's realistic. You don't set out to achieve a goal that is as realistic as jumping off a cliff and expecting to fly. Something that you can do, but you stretch it out a certain way to make it seem crazier than the norm. Set a bare minimum, or a floor (like the mile,) and DO NOT go below it under ANY circumstances. You say "NO, I HAVE TO DO THIS PLAIN AND SIMPLE." Something that says the word CONSISTENCY! And through the consistency.........you achieve commitment. OR............is it commitment that leads to consistency? MAYBE they both just go TOGETHER!
Thursday, January 09, 2014
So of all the new year's "resolutions" I have taken on this year (4 if anyone is counting) two are gong to be quite challenging. Running in Vegas, well I just have to be ready for the long run and show up (not that bad.) 100 miles in a 100 days of running? Yeah well I'm up to 20 already so I might have that mission accomplished sometime in February already. The 1000 mile challenge? Well I might be playing catch up once spring arrives, and once fall hits I have to find a way to keep racking up the mileage as I work through my yearly fall issues. The run everyday thing, man I want to cave in already and quit to be honest. I rocked the house last night, but tonight I lacked the challenge, energy, and drive to push through anything beyond what I did. This is what I expected to do thought actually. As long as I'm doing at least a mile, I'm putting in my dues. This is good though I think. I have an option here. If I'm not feeling it, I can add a standard amount and still keep things going. At the same time, I don't thing I'm going to keep pushing my body like I did last year to a point that I just worn out and obligated after a while. So we will see what happens. Maybe the running everyday thing will be a new way of life for me, then let's just see if I make it another week straight first.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
New Year's resolutions. Yeah, almost everyone has them. Unlike most people though, I live up to the ones that I make (like drinking my coffee black last year.) So now it's that time again. I didn't give it any thought to be honest until today. Along came a post on Facebook from a friend wondering how many miles they were going t do. I, not knowing what it involved, just threw up 2,014. For what ever reason, my eyes looked at the number and thought "Ok thats probably like 2 or 3 miles a day. More like a little more than twice that. Now I would just love to do that many miles just for kicks because of the year, but reality tells me to be more realistic. Then I noticed someone mentioned a friend doing 1.000 miles this past year. "WHERE'S THE CALCULATOR. THAT'S LIKE A HALF MILE A DAY.........." Nope, more like what I thought 2014 was. So the GEARS start TUUUUURNING. I figure it out and it's almost 20 miles a week, which is about where the half marathon training runs were at for the week last year. Prior to all this mess of thinking, I had committed to another friend that I was going to run a mile for 100 days out of the year, with a couple rules like run every Monday and minumum of 3 days a week. So now with that and now this new idea, I'm playing with the numbers. Two miles everyday, three miles everyday would be, if I run this many miles on alternate days and a long run this day, but if I run 1 through 7 miles starting on the first day of the week, and so on. But then I was like, "YOU CAN'T RUN 20 MILES EVERY WEEK IN THE WINTER!" STOP THE CRAZY TRAIN! Ok........................................
......................So here's were I come out. The ONE New Year's Resolution. Run something EVERYDAY! No obligation to any number, just run how ever I feel. Oh the 1.000 miles this year is still there as well, but one will compliment the other for motivation. Running everyday will be a display of daily dedication and discipline. The 1,000 miles will be a goal. And then..............there's the plan of running the Rock n Roll half marathon in Vegas this year (higher mileage training runs.) As simple as it gets, it's still that complicated. Oh wait.........that's right. NEVERMIND! I'm just running everyday..................................
Thursday, December 26, 2013
So being a couple of days after the polar tumbles, I met my wife up at the track, and I ran. The run just didn't take, after a mile I just shut it down. I think that my frustration stems from the environment I'm running in. Indoors, running in the same circle, and passing the same people. It's a place where I can work on my speed and sure I've had some decent short runs, but nothing compared to how they are outside. Like tonight (yeah I couldn't just settle on that mile at the track,) I went for a 2.5 mile run. I didn't feel like going, but I felt obligated (I guess) to get out there and give it a shot. I was a little concerned about hitting the pavement again (and not with my feet.) It was a little slippery, but running in the street wasn't bad. I was able to just lock into my groove after a couple blocks, and I really had to practice some restraint on stretching out the run further. So after the falls the other night, and the less than spectacular experience at the track, tonight was like magic! Looks like there might be a longer run this weekend as the temps are supposed to edge towards 50. Then again too, a couple nights after that I saw a forecast for EIGHT BELOW (and I'm not passing that run up either.)
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