January has come and gone. Usually January feels like it has 100 days, it seems to drag on and on forever. I think it’s the fact that the end of the year is always so busy, so filled with parties, events, holidays, get-togethers, you name it. Once you get past New Years Day, it’s a long slog through the rest of the month. This year, January went pretty quick. We still had some of the wife’s family here until 1/10, then we had a half marathon that weekend, then a friend came to visit on 2/1 so January felt pretty short.
So how did my running go in January? Not good, not bad. I managed 15 total runs for 65 miles, which puts me on track for my goal of 750 miles this year. There were four weekends in January, and I did a long run on three of them: 8 miles, 13.3 for the half marathon, and 7 the following. I still missed a weekend, for which I really have no excuse other than laziness (and one too many beers Friday night).
My January 2020 running calendar
I’d call the month a win, even with the caveats. Missing a long run can’t happen again (though it already has in February, and I’ve got a trip planned that’ll cause me to miss another) and I had an aborted run with some weirdness going on.
On to February!
I know, it seems strange. My goal for 2012-2018 was always to run 1000 miles. I came close in 2016 with a touch over 900. I did even better in 2017 with 968. In 2018, I nailed it: 1002 miles and some change. So why set a goal that’s less than what I’ve accomplished in previous years? Because I’m not in any sort of shape to do more. Even this is a stretch.
You see, I essentially took 2019 off from serious running. I ran 448 miles in total. I completed one half marathon (January – WDW Half Marathon). and one 5k (November – Wine & Dine weekend, and we walked it). That’s it. I did no speed work, I had no consistency, no strength. Whatever abilities I had after three solid years (for me) drifted away. I’m nowhere close to the shape I need to be to go for a more aggressive goal. 2020 is about resetting and rebuilding.
Because that’s what I have to do. Rebuild. I’m starting over from scratch, needing to build up my mileage, my speed, my mental stamina, my tolerance for the elements. I need new proofs of time for Disney races. I need to work towards my longer term running goals (sub-50 10k, sub-7 mile, sub-4 full). I also need to be better with consistency and build up true mileage. Looking at my decade of running, the most I ever averaged per week in a year was 18. That’s not gonna do me much good for my goals!
750 sounds like a decent goal. I can probably surpass it if I really keep to things. January is off to a pretty good start, and if I keep slowly building up I should be in good shape.
What’s your 2020 running goal?
How is it possible that it’s 2020 already? The 2010s were absolutely batshit crazy. I graduated from my business program, moved to Memphis, fell in love, bought a house, sold a house, moved to Orlando, changed jobs, met lots of people, travelled all over the world, ran four marathons, a dozen half marathons, over 6,200 miles in total.
Can’t imagine what 2020 will have in store. I’ve got some goals I’d like to hit this decade. The main one is to diversify my income. I’ve had this goal before, and I’ve never done much towards it. Back in 2015 or 2016 I did some freelance writing and earned a whopping $52. Not exactly rolling in dough from that.
But, from everything I’ve read, one of the best ways to make money writing is to write better. And you get better by writing a lot. So that’s what I’m going to do. Write more, and see where that leads. I’ll be writing mostly about work topics: product management, leadership, with a bit of running mixed in. Hopefully people like what I write. You gotta love what you write about, otherwise people won’t believe it.
Tomorrow is my 38th birthday. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it will. Hopefully it’ll be better than my 34th, where I actually thought I was 33. Yup, I literally forgot how old I was for almost an entire year. No bueno.
Looking back over the past year, I can’t help but think about the various goals I’ve started for myself. Make more money (eh, 3% more). Save more (big fat nope!). Be consistent with running (not quite….). Start lifting again (I went….four times). Earn side income (not even close). Spend less time watching TV and being mindless (oops). Pretty much struck out on all goals there.
Sometimes it comes in fits and starts. Sometimes I get really jazzed about something, but it always peters out. I remember in 2018 I was going to start a website where each month, I would spend a certain amount of time learning some skill (Rubik’s Cube, harmonica, Spanish, etc.) and document everything. I registered the domain name, got an Instagram account set up, starting writing down ideas, I even bought a Rubik’s cube and a horrible book (seriously – it was translated from another language and barely made any sense). And then I stopped working on it.
I was going to do an Ironman. I did one sprint triathlon in 2014, and never really trained again. I was going to do it when I was 35. Nope. My bike has flat tires and I don’t belong to a gym with a pool.
I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but hopefully I figure out something that lights a spark. I’m reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. Maybe that’ll help?
Weekly recap of what I’ve done to accomplish my goals
Goal 1: Diversify My Income
- Researched accounting & legal structures
- Started writing some blog posts
Goal 2: Get Back In Shape
- Monday – 3 miles easy
- Tuesday – 3 miles easy
- Wednesday – 3 miles hard
- Friday – 3 miles easy
- Saturday – 4 miles easy
- Total – 16 miles
Goal 3: Learn Spanish