I've become very used to major temperature swings and sinus issues in January, but in the past few years I've let those issues majorly impact my running.Read More
This week I've gone through endless amounts of tissues, a variety of medicines and taken several naps as I have felt awful. It's easily one of the worst sinus illnesses that I've had in a few years. I could sit back and complain, but instead I've pushed myself to fight it.Read More
I hate this feeling of getting something started and not documenting it very well, but that's unfortunately been the case for a while ... and is just how 2017 has started. It doesn't mean, though, that things are failing.
One of these days I will write more -- it's one of my goals on the way to my next marathon, and perhaps I need to make it a goal in February or March.
Now that January is more than half over, I'm finding myself at home sick with some time to FINALLY write about my goals for this month.
As I mentioned earlier this month, I want to have three goals for the month with running/fitness, as well as three goals at home. With running, my goals this month are:
- Run 90 miles. With getting sick this week, this goal may fall a bit short, but setting this goal has pushed me to get out the door when I otherwise might not have done anything. Realistically, it's looking like I'll run about 85 miles this month. I'm not totally giving up on hitting 90 though.
- 25 consecutive push-ups. I did 20 the other day on a max set, but then struggled a few days later. That said, I'm really glad to be doing push-ups again
- Lift weights 6 times. Why 6? It's an average of more than once a week. I'm halfway there now.
At home, my three goals are very simple -- it's all about starting the year off cleaning up and getting organized, and carrying that theme into February and March.
- Clean-up/pack away Christmas decorations. This is mostly done as of Monday.
- Sort through closets. See photo below.
- Create dinner menus weekly. We do this on and off, so this goal is a recommitment to focus on our nightly family meals so we're better equipped when grocery shopping.
A few years ago I had some success with coming up with three goals to keep me focused, but when I tried that theme for a new year's resolution in 2015, I completely failed.
The main reason it failed was because I thought it would easily become routine and something I could manage without any issues month to month.
Turns out, you have to work to be successful, even with easy things. Who knew, right? (Where's that sarcasm font...)
Leading up to 2017, running has gradually gotten back on track because I've talked about it more and put more effort into holding myself accountable. It's still way off what I used to do, but it's much better than just a few months ago.
In the past few weeks I've been thinking a lot about how to make this year better than the last, and perhaps better than any in the past few years, both with running and home life.
I kept coming back to my failed "Power of 3" year and tried to figure out a plan that will work.
(Three is a magic number, you know.)
Here's what I've done so far to set myself up for a successful run: At home, my wife uses a very visible calendar that also has a notes area where we all see it and can talk about it.
On the last couple of days of every month, I've written a reminder to develop three new goals for the following month.
In my running log, I've put a reminder on the final day of every month to write down the next month's goals.
And if that's not enough, I've set up an alert on my phone for 8 p.m. the last day of every month to develop the next month's goals.
(That's three reminders if you're keeping track)
My plans are to write more and to post more about my goals and their results. If I fail, I want to figure out why. If I succeed, I want to challenge myself to do something even tougher.
I'll get into more specifics in my next post on what my January goals are for both running and for my family.
When it comes to running, 2016 wasn't completely terrible -- the first three months went well, I had a decent Shamrock Half Marathon and December has been satisfying.
Everything else in between, though, was awful. Suffering my first injury in years and being completely sidelined for three weeks was THE WORST.
There's no reason for me to do a year in review this year -- I haven't been a big fan of them anyway.
I'm eager for 2017 to get here to continue what I've started in the past month and enjoyed in the past: being consistent; writing down my miles; and being happy while running.
If those three things happen, bigger and better things will happen in 2017 and a year from now I'll be writing a completely different story.