Sunday, January 20, 2013

1,000 miles

I set a goal to run 1,000 miles in 2013. In order to achieve this goal, I must run at least 20 miles per week. That is every week (or about 83 miles a month). Well, I fell of the wagon (read: I never actually got on the wagon) during the first week. I didn't realize the consistent effort it would take. Actually, that is the point of setting this goal. My running has been helplessly inconsistent; even during marathon training. I allow my mood and other random exigent circumstances to control my decisions to workout. If I have a bad day at work, instead of working it out on in the gym, I decide to go home and do nothing. Well, I quickly learned that this goal will not allow such shenanigans. This "I don't feel like it" business must end or I shall not prevail.

I have worked harder to catch up to my lack of effort in week 1 and have run 51 miles so far this month. I am back on the wagon. I do plan to run at least one marathon this year so I know that I will have a significant boost in miles for at least three months, but I will not allow that to excuse any pre-marathon training laziness. I want to begin marathon training with a surplus, not a deficit [this will allow an appropriate rest after the marathon]

Consistency is key. That is the real goal: to stop allowing circumstances to change my plans and affect my mood.

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."

51.4 miles down, 948.6 miles to go...