24 February 2013

I have a plan

For the first time in a really, really long time I have a plan and goals for the month of March. I used to love new beginnings of any kind. New weeks, new months, new years, new days.... But I reached a point where I was not achieving any goal I planned out and it just got to be depressing. So I stopped planning. I stopped setting goals. And I stopped enjoying new beginnings. Well, things are changing around here. I have things I want to accomplish and I know in order to do that, I need a plan. So a plan I have come up with.

Having taken the last week off of any and all activity, I am more than ready to get back into Crossfit again. In fact, I dreamed about it last night and was running around frantically trying to find a class. So that starts on Monday, tomorrow. Also, I want to start running. I have been reading Chi Running and I want to do this. I practiced some of it during the Great Aloha Run and I know I felt as good as I did because of that. I mean really, zero to 8 miles in one day??? I should have been laid up for a week. Instead the worst problem was the blister on the ball of my foot. So it's time to kick that into gear. I'm going to start slow and work very, very hard on not getting impatient and rushing and hurting myself. I'm going to spend the entire month of March perfecting the form before I even attempt to take it out on the road. I have a treadmill so I can practice little bursts of running/walking on it to get the feel of the way the form should be. Then on April 1st I start heading out the door with my new form. Actually, just looking at the calendar, I'm going to take it outside during spring break. That is the last week of March and the first week of April. So I will use those 2 weeks home to get into the habit of taking it on the road. Now I have picked out a couple of possible races for May and July. Short 5 or 10k. I won't register until I know that I'm good with the running, but I think I'll be fine if I take it slow and easy. No rushing, no forcing, no pain. I registered for the marathon which I may or may not do. If things go well with my running, I can start a training program in August and be ready by December. I've done it before. But that is a huge, huge maybe at this point. I want to use this year as a rebuilding year. Then starting on January 1, 2014 get back into serious running.

I'm excited. It's going to be a fun, busy next couple of months. Starting the running back up, starting my PhD program. Woo hoo....It's going to be fun.....

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