You’ve lapsed, as a runner, a fitness aficionado and as a blogger. 2015 has been your least consistent year on the road and at the gym since you decided to run marathons in 2010. You’ve become substantially slower, substantially heavier and substantially weaker. You didn’t make fitness a priority this year and that is absolutely okay, it’s not optimum, but it’s okay. It’s time to get back on the wagon and to do that, you need a goal and a plan.
Hello Dear Readers (if there’s anyone left after this hiatus),
There’s no really excuse for how long it’s been since I last made a post. I just didn’t make blogging a priority of any sort. I’m going to change that, expect a new update on my 2014 running plans by the end of the week, and we’ll be back to (at least) weekly status updates as I prep for my spring marathons.
I haven’t been posting much lately, but an idea has been percolating since I read The Oatmeal’s amazing comic The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances (which if you haven’t read yet, click on that link now, then come back) on Monday morning. It’s a great comic that really describes why I run (and I’m sure why many of us run), but something about it nagged at my brain.
Just like Matt I’m running from “The Blerch.” I’ve been running from the 300 lb kid I was in High School and early college for a long time, but I’m not that kid anymore, and that kid isn’t coming back. Sure I have my ups and downs and lazy periods (I’m sure we all do) , but in the end I’m gonna get out and run, not out of fear of my old self returning, but because I have goals that I want to achieve. I want to qualify for Boston, I want to feel in full control of my body, I want to challenge myself to always move forward.
Sure, The Blerch will always be there, as a glimpse of myself in the mirror with a body I’m not happy about, an occasion of self-doubt, an excuse for laziness or a lapse in willpower, but that part of me doesn’t define me. I am a husband, an actor, a personal trainer (in training) and a runner (among many other things), not a Blerch. The weakness in my past doesn’t define me, I define (and redefine) myself through my actions every day.
I’m a big comic book geek, and recently I came across Adam Thompson’s “Heroic Words Of Wisdom“, basically a bunch of inspirational quotes from superhero comics. One of them, the one for The Flash (The Fastest Man Alive!), describes the mentality I work to have both as a runner:
I might not always have the clearest path towards my goal, but as long as I work towards that goal, I’m outrunning my Blerch, and I don’t have to pay him any mind.
I’ve disappeared from this blog for far too long and I’m back! I’ve just finished a month in which I ran my Personal Worst on the same course that I PR’d on last year, and then due in part to a stroke of luck, I redeemed myself (in my eyes) with a great race this last Sunday. I’m feeling re-invigorated and recommitted to my running goals, and my goal of becoming a personal trainer. Details after the break Continue reading
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Tagged Fitness, Goal Setting, Marathon, Marathon Maniacs, Race Report, running, Tacoma, Tacoma City Marathon, ups and downs, Yakima, Yakima River Canyon Marathon
A New Year is a lot like the starting line of a marathon. You’re all rested and renewed, either by the holidays or your taper (though for some those things might make you feel weak and drained). You start full of plans, goals and expectations, some you will achieve and some you might not, but either way you are ready to try your damnedest to succeed. Soon people fall back, maybe their goal was too ambitious, they didn’t prepare themselves or they don’t believe in themselves enough. Some who stumble early will drop out, others will find the strength inside to push and surpass what they set out to do. In the end just finishing another one (year or marathon) is reason to celebrate. I did not have the perfect 2012 when it came to my fitness and running goals. I don’t think I bit off more than I could chew, but some unhealthy habits relapsed and held me back from full success. Even with the stumbles along the way, this was my best running year yet, and I learned some things that I can apply to make 2013 even better. Continue reading
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Tagged Fitness, Goal, Goal Setting, Marathon, Marathon Training, New Year, Portland Marathon, running, Training, ups and downs, Weight Loss
With my current acting project Cardenio into the last week of its run, it’s time to start thinking about my next race… the Yakima River Canyon Marathon (along with planning my wedding to my lovely fiancee Alysha). After a summer where running took an extreme backseat, and my performance at the Portland Marathon being so disappointing, I want to make sure that I set myself up for a successful Boston Qualifying (BQ) time at Yakima. It’s pretty easy to set a goal, but when achieving a goal the real question is: How?
I think a BQ time is going to be achievable as long as I stick to a training plan that’s vigorous enough to challenge me, but allows for active recovery.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill
After a too long hiatus from blogging, I’m back. Ideally I’ll get back to having 2-4 posts a week, but a minimum of 1. My training kind of went out the window due to a busy busy summer and I didn’t achieve my goal of breaking 3 hours at the Portland Marathon… I didn’t even come near it. Despite my self-abuse for the first few days afterward, it was not a failure, it was a learning experience. It has never been clearer to me that a marathon is just as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one. Continue reading