I haven't made a blog post in the last few days because I have had a lot on my mind. I have been taking a long hard look at a lot of things, not just myself as a runner, but as a husband, father, friend, brother, etc. There has been a lot of talk about commitment lately (especially by someone who inspires me a lot, Joshua Turner). I have realized that it is time for me to commit. Not just to my training, but in all aspects of my life.
I am committing to doing a better job at being a husband and a father. I need to focus and not allow myself to get so easily frustrated, I need to leave work at the office, show more patience and compassion, and help more around the house. I need to do a better job of supporting my wife everyday with our kids and our pets. I need to remind myself everyday of the example I want to be, the example I never had. Continue to focus on the positive and move beyond the negative everyday. I constantly give 100% to my training, I need to give 110% of myself to my family. Less time online and more time playing with the kids. Less time complaining and more time complimenting my wife.
I am committing to eating healthy. I don't have many vices left, but food is one. I have gone from 225 to 188 since January of 2013. My goal racing weight is 165. Starting today lots of fruit, vegetables, salads, chicken, and fish. No ice cream (this may kill me) or any of the other crap I have a habit of eating. I won't be giving up my Sunday long run stack of pancakes and the occasional box of sno caps when we go to the movies as a family, but that's it. Additionally, I have changed all of my weight training workouts to focus on getting leaner. For several years I have been lifting to build more mass. This is pretty counter productive when trying to get faster as a distance runner. Goal for June is 5 pounds, which would put me at 183.
I am committing to running 200 miles in June (this would be my highest ever). May's mileage was 160 miles, and included some recovery time after the Pittsburgh. Built a good base heading into the beginning of my Chicago marathon training. This si the strongest my legs have felt at the start of a training program. I am starting the Hanson's program this month so there will be some interval training and tempo run for speed (I have never done interval training, this should be interesting). I am not a huge fan of warm weather running so My first race as a sponsored athlete is this month, the Peace, Love Run 13.1, a half marathon on 6/22/14. Looking forward to representing RunJunkEes officially at a race. To test my progress I ran 16.26 miles on 6/1/14 at a pace of 8:29. I will repeat that 16 mile run on 6/29/14 with a goal of hitting a faster pace.
I am committing to reconnecting. I don't have a lot of family left, none of them live near me, and I don't speak to or see any of them regularly. My brother, my sister, my stepfather, and my best friend. Every week I need to call, catch up, connect. I know from experience how quickly people can be gone, I need to show the people I care about how important they are to me while I can.
I hope everyone can commit to doing something positive for themselves this month.
There is no finish line.
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