living in the now

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

No. 833

I continue to have a variety of things on my mind, nothing more dominant than the other. So for my 833rd blog post, here are a few of those things:

  • January has felt like an up and down month, but in looking back at my previous Januaries since I started blogging, this may be the best first month of a year that I've had since January 2004 when I started running. That includes a trail race, a nice double digit long run under a 9-minute mile pace and, after tomorrow, more than 80 miles for the month.
  • I'm thinking about doing an "core streak" in February -- an exercise every day than engages the core. I'll think of some guidelines in the next couple of days, but I think it would a great addition to what already seems to be working for me in the past few weeks.
  • Speaking of what's working, the 100 push-ups challenge is back in full force. I struggled a bit last night, but I've stayed solidly in column 2 and have seen an increase of 10 with my max test in this short time. This time around, I have realized one of major problems with not ever completing this or getting beyond 4 weeks -- my goal has never been to do 100 consecutive push-ups. That defeats the whole purpose. My goal, this time, is to do that.
  • I'm not ready to talk about weight gain/loss, but I have lost a very little bit each week this month. In looking back at various times I've written about weight, I tend to say the same thing. I just know I want to lose a few pounds and hit the Shamrock Half Marathon with weight not being at the forefront of my mind. I know that I'll weigh less than 2 years ago when I set my PR, and getting another few pounds off me will be me an additional confidence boost.
  • I haven't talked much about my goals for Shamrock, but I will soon. I need a speed test or two to figure out if my "A" goal in my mind right now is realistic. Only 7 weeks to go!
  • Scott and I announced some great #runchat news last week -- we are speaking at Fitbloggin' 12. FitBloggin's mission is "To bring together the community of health-conscious bloggers for education, networking and friendship." You can read a little more HERE about us being at Fitbloggin'. We'll have more details in the coming months.