2011 Goals time!!!
I had a concept of coming up with 365 goals for next year running through my head. The more I thought about it though, I wanted to come up with some bigger goals that will take a little bit more to attain. So, here we go, goals for 2011.
I want this to be a checklist for myself, something I can look back on, and visually see if I am accomplishing my goals. I will put the running goals first, thats what this is all about in the first place.
1500 miles - This year was my first year really training. I got in just over 1,000 miles. I have been conservative in my approach to building miles. I have been happy with this approach, so I will continue that path and set my goal for 1500. I had some really really low mileage months in the past year, especially early last year, so this goal should be reachable. I am confident and look forward to getting at it on Saturday morning.
1:52:00 – I made significant improvements from one pikermi to the next last season. I think building on that will be something my body is ready for. I ran a 1:59, so we are looking at 7 minutes. If i improve 7 minutes I am right where I want to be progression wise. I have yet to finish one of these races strong. I will be working on that aspect of the race over the next few months. The Flower City Challenge is a very hilly course, i am not planning to hit 1:52:00 until around september, so that race will be a great place to see where my fitness is at.
22:00 - I need to have speed to run good times. Running and getting ready for some 5ks will help me work on speed. Again, with a conservative progression 22:00 seems like a goal I can reach. I have the ultimate goal of getting back under 20:00. This upcoming season should help me along my way for this.
Race more- At least 12 races – In order to hit these times, I need to be racing. I have developed sort of a race anxiety issue. I am not sure what it is, racing used to be my escape. When I was out on the track or course, everything else went away. I think I have a fear of not running faster than previous races.I have run enough in the past to know every single race will not be a PR. I set records in the past, but not every single time I ran or jumped. My improvements will be long term, so in the short term, racing more will help me mentally and physically. My goal is a minimum of 1 race per month… so 12 races next year. I like that goal. It seems fun
Improve my colitis- Ulcerative Colitis is a life long disease in which there is no cure. However there are ways to improve my day to day life. There are so many ways for my diet to help me with this disease. The good news about this is that an improved diet will also help me with my running and my weight. I do not want to set a weight loss goal because if I do this correctly that will happen on its own. I want to eat for health. I want to eliminate as much processed food as possible. I look at the last few weeks, and this may have been my healthiest holiday to date. With that said, my diet was still a disaster of junk and processed foods.
I am doing this because I am sick, not because I want to be some uppity prick who judges others for what they eat. Heck, I will be jealous of the junk you are eating, I will also know that for my body it’s best to fight that urge to join you. I hope my friends and family begin to understand it is a lifestyle for me. No one tells the cancer patients to skip chemo just this one time, or says “you can get that surgery after the holidays” No, now is the time… and I hope for support and understanding going forward. I will just have to advocate for myself and educate others.
Find a cause - I have been looking for a cause to support. Something I really believe in. Something that will change peoples lives. I hope to find something soon. I am open to any and all suggestions. I have thoughts of helping with clean water in poverty ridden countries. I have thoughts of starting a running group for low income – disadvantaged youth here in Rochester NY – I have had thoughts of helping with the fight against Diabetes or Colitis… I just have not yet found a passion to move me forward… Hopefully soon.
Let friends and family know I love them – This one should be easy, and it should start now. We live in such a rush all the time that we forget to do this. I think when I am done writing I will go send out
Focus on those who focus on us. -This one is related to the love post. It is easy to want to have a lot of people around, but as I get older it seems to me to be more important to focus on those who focus on us. The quality of the relationships needs to be more important than the quantity. The last few months this has really started to hit home to Sheila and myself. We are going to work on this goal together for sure!
Make a baby? Not sure Sheila wants this one out there in the blogosphere…..But we want a baby, so…. lets make it happen huh?
Be a better husband - This is a fun one. I am sure Sheila won’t mind this one being in the blogosphere!! There is a lot I can do. When we got married our pastor had us write up 5 things that we needed. Then we talked about the 5 points, and basically he told us in very simple terms, If I work on her needs, and she works on mine, our marriage will be blessed. Thanks Pastor Wally for this tip. It’s back to the basics to work on those needs. This is going to be a goal I write year after year, it is that important to me to be better to someone who is better to me!
Positive thoughts – We live in a negative world. The news is negative, people complain before they rejoice, and we often look for the bad in people. I want to look for the joy in our lives and go from there. I want to come home from work and talk about my accomplishments not the drama. I want to let the idiot pass on the right and not get worked up. He will be a bad driver with or without my anger, so what purpose does it serve? I know that positive people are healthier people. Stress is also no good for Colitis, so this of course helps with that earlier stated goal.
Turn 30 – This is more about the calendar than it is me. Feb 3rd…. I can’t believe it. It really seems like yesterday I was with my track buddies goofin off on the high jump mats and running warm ups and looking at all the girls. Now 30, I am a different person. I like who I am, but holy moly!! This will be a fun goal to reach. Numbers for me in terms of age don’t mean much. I am ok with 30, I look forward to it (now all you “old” people can chime in).
Stay flexible- I want to Have the freedom and flexibility to change this list as well as other aspects of my life, so, as the next year goes on, this list my get additions (and updates!!!). In order to reach my goals, flexibility will be key. I will slip up, I just need to plug forward. I need to be consistent and committed.
In other words, I just need to keep on keepin on!
Happy New Year to you all!