I’ll be honest with you, (that’s always the best policy) at times I feel like a professional runner… and then I remember that I haven’t even been running consistently for more than year. I go through phases, and I kind of have a reputation for it (just ask my wife). When I’m interested in something it consumes me, and I dedicate myself to it. When I reach a barrier, I can be tempted to stop my “phase” and never pick it up again.
Will running be another phase in my life? The obvious answer right now is that I don’t know. I’ve resolved myself to not
worry think about that. One thing I learned quickly after my first half marathon was that I need to have goals.
After sticking to my month-long training plan and shattering my expectations for the half, I began to see the signs of anotherjonphaseia (it’s the technical term). I continued running after the half, but it was without purpose and passion. I needed a new goal.
Which is why I’m writing this blog post at 11:46pm on a school night. My new goal is to run my first ever marathon in under 3 hours (#sub3). This goal is ambitious, (maybe a little crazy) and perfect for me. MY SPIRITS HAVE BEEN RENEWED!
How will I achieve this goal? In the following posts I will detail the finer points of my master plan, but here is the run down.
- Implement a 5 month training program that I have scoured the internet to perfect.
- Sever all ties with Ronald McDonald (#RIPBigMac), and get my nutrition right. My new diet will be comprised of 50% common sense, 50% internet opinions, and 10% water.
- Rearrange my schedule to allow for the new time commitments. Managing my time will be key (with my beautiful young family).
- Focus heavily on post workout rituals to keep the wheels of this rock solid plan turning smoothly #theyseemefoamrollin
- Have fun and do my best.
Just as I mentioned in the beginning, I am a rookie and I can’t lose sight of the big picture. I want nothing more than to reach my goal and give this blog a Disney movie ending (triumphant music plays in the background), but I can’t forget to have fun. Having fun makes those phase ending barriers seem smaller, and keeps me running my best.
So lets keep it loose, and as always, lets #sub3!