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Racing Ahead: 4C’s for 2012

Categories: New Year's Eve, Race Schedule, Resolutions

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It’s no secret I did not light the running world on fire this year.
I got off to a soggy start and it pretty much went downhill from there, culminating in not one but two injuries that derailed my fall marathon plans. Oh and let’s not forget the pair of BDD Pukie Awards.
Miraculously, of the 10 races I ran, I eked out AG placements at five of them.

How does one rise from the ashes of a less than stellar year?

My plans for 2012 are brought to you by the letter C:

For me running has become less of a quest for PRs/BQs and more of a way to connect with friends and just have fun.

I’ve joined a new running group: This includes some group coaching. For once I won’t be using the plan I’ve followed since the beginning of time.

Here’s how the racing schedule is shaping up so far.  Way more destination action happening in 2012!
January: Carlsbad 1/2 Marathon
March: March Madness Half
April: Blue Ridge Marathon?? Half?? Jury’s still out.
May: Wisconsin Half Marathon
June: Ragnar Relay Madison to Chicago
July: RnR Chicago
September: RnR Denver
October: Marine Corps Marathon
November: NYC Marathon?? I had a very vivid dream about this one just last night. Hmmm….

I will do a duathlon in 2012.
I know I said this last year and did not deliver. But I did ride Blanche a LOT and built considerable riding confidence this year. I just need to pull that duathlon trigger already.

I’ve become a Certified Wellness Coach. More on that coming up.

I will continue in my role as a Figure Skating Coach.

I know I’m not alone on this one: I already take care of everyone else in the house, but I need to take better care of myself. 
Although I know I need to see the doc, PT, chiro, massage therapist for running injuries, it still seems indulgent and I feel guilty doing it.
If I took better care of myself, perhaps I wouldn’t have been injured in the first place.
As much as I loathe seeing Notorious for myofascial release (ass cheek therapy for the angry high hamstring) deep down I know this is something I should be doing on a regular basis.

I will continue with 15 minutes of quiet time every morning, setting my intentions for the day.

Over the past 6 weeks I laid the groundwork for new habits that include decluttering, not procrastinating,  overall creating better time management and energy flow around here. I hope to stay on this path into the new year.

What one thing do you most hope to do/accomplish in 2012?
Any fun plans for New Year’s Eve?
We’ll be home roasting marshmallows, playing games and maybe watching the ball drop.


A Final Word on Resolutions

Categories: Motivation, Resolutions

photo: Marina Oliphant

From the looks of the gym parking lot, I’d say everyone has started making good on their New Year’s resolutions. I think I’ll arrange to drop in by parachute the next time I want to workout there. I haven’t set any terribly ambitious goals.
I will be a happy camper if I can:

Run well avoid injury and pace myself properly so I can enjoy my races rather than bust my spleen as I careen into the proverbial wall.

Ride More I put a duathlon on my schedule this year that scares the living daylights out of me. 

Eat well resurrect the whole foods diet and get the sugar-free train back on track. Actually the whole foods part isn’t tough for me but the sugar issue is another story. The last of the mint m&ms, English toffee and Christmas cookies have been exorcised from the pantry and I’ve been sugar-free once again almost 2 weeks now.
The one thing I consider attempting, for about a nanosecond anyway, year after year, is to declutter and be better organized at home. I’m a Fly Lady flunky, zone cleaning zero. A simple request from my kids for a permission slip sends me foraging like a dyslexic rat. I sooooo admire those of you who keep a neat, organized, abode. But I never make it an ‘official’ resolution because on some level I know I won’t do it.

What if if I took some of the things that motivate me to run and applied them to organizing?
First, an event to work toward: Runners have Boston, football has the Super Bowl, cooks have Iron Chef, bakers have the Pillsbury Bake-Off, surely domestic divas need something big too.

I’d practice decluttering by pace. I can only imagine what my house would look like if I spent an hour or more cleaning most days.

Compete against others for extra motivation?

Tackle a project in each of the 50 states?

I’d need to surround myself with appropriate ‘gear’ ie: a powerful vacuum, storage bins, garbage bags, etc.

There’d have to be some shiny, blingy reward to entice me. Maybe a sterling feather duster I could wear proudly around my neck or how about a toilet brush charm?

So any takers? Nah, me neither. My monkey brain and I checked out awhile back.

Now I’ve got it: The next time my Monkey Brain is taunting me to get off the treadmill, I’ll resolve to get off only if I plan to spend the time CLEANING!
Are there things you resolve to do because you should rather than really want to do?

I’ve been tagged!
Lacey asked me to share 10 things that make me happy so here goes:
1. Snow days!
2. Horses
3. Running downhill
4. When my brain is marinating in endorphins after a good, hard run
5. The first buds of spring
6. Sledding
7. The wonder in a child’s eyes
8. Spooning with my dogs
9. Playing hopscotch, jump rope, Polly Pockets with the kids
10. Completing something I wasn’t sure I could

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Kerrie T.

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