End of the decade: Refocusing on blogging

I really want to write a post about how I'm ready to make major changes in my blogging, put more things out there, set some new goals and be a better runner,

Those things take time, though. I know from my experiences that a change isn't going to just snap into place. So many other things in life have to come before blog posts, but I'm at least going to TRY to make some changes here.

At the very least, I can commit to posting once a week here through the end of 2019. That's something I believe can happen consistently.

So what else can I do before 2020 gets here? The countdown is on to the end of this decade ...

... and while I'm going to be well shy of a 1,000-mile goal that I quietly set and mentioned only once, I'm still on pace to beat last year's mileage by 300.

My focus now is getting to 850 miles for the year. There's no need to dive into specifics now ... that can be a future post.

Another post I need to take on - running the Blue Ridge Marathon again!

I put this on Twitter ...

... and have barely come back to it anywhere. Sign up using my code and let's run this together. I've got some big goals in mind to discuss before the end of the year.

I also want to get back on the track a couple of times before the end of the year. I had a wonderful thing happening this spring, lost sight of all progress this summer and feel like I wasted away a good opportunity.

That's a theme that I've had this year that I need to erase and enter the 2020s with a revamped mind-frame that was starting to happen.

Lastly, I need to write about "starting over." I've had some major changes with my running since the beginning of last year, which was a true "starting over" point for me.

There are endless things to discuss with my mileage, my always changing mental state and how right now feels like "starting over, phase two."

And with that, I can at least get through November with some content ... and then hopefully things will continue to spark mentally for me.

October things

Sure it’s already November, so the title of this post, which is now a “thing” I’m doing I guess, means that October was probably terrible.

Well … it wasn’t great, but it was MUCH BETTER than September, which ended with a somewhat recurrence of an injury that never seems to go away.

But October was mostly painless, I …

  • switched over to the 8K in a couple of weeks instead of the Richmond Marathon

  • realized I’ve already more than 250 miles year-to-date than I did a race ago

  • complained about the heat

  • thought a lot about the 2020 Blue Ridge Marathon and what I need to do to get ready

  • ate a lot of candy. Too much candy.

So now it’s on to November, which is already more than two days old.

It’s time to …

  • run 100 miles again (Join the challenge from my friend Angie!)

  • enjoy the 8K with an all-out effort to see how terrible I am trying to run fast

  • enjoy cooler weather

  • not eat so much candy.

Doing my own thing ... time for February!

My “doing my own thing” theme that began to take hold in January turned into me not blogging about anything that was going on.

And that’s perfectly fine with me. Because that’s just how I’m doing my own thing.

For January, I decided to set two goals: one for life (cleaning out my attic) and one for running (getting my long run back to 10 miles).

Cleaning out the attic is a bigger effort to declutter this year. I’ve seemed to have a horrible approach to this and never get very far. But my plan right now is to take this slow and make it a much longer process.

So boxes that were previously labeled as “yard sale,” or something to that effect, are out. A bigger mess is being made as this begins, and I’m OK with this. As Christmas got put away earlier this month, several other boxes made their way out of the attic, too.

For February, my goal is to continue this process of getting everything out. I have a feeling this will continue into March, too, as I essentially want to touch everything that may or may not be thrown out, sold, or kept.

For running, that goal of getting back to double digits was a challenge with the ups and downs of the weather all month. The first half of the month didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I really turned it all around at the end of the month.

And YES, I hit my goal on the final Sunday of the month. 10.1 miles DONE … the first time hitting that mark in nearly two years. And January was my highest monthly total since January 2017.

As for a running goal in February, I debated on several things, but as I continue to set my sights on the Blue Ridge Marathon in April, I know how important these long runs are. So for the second straight month my focus will be on increasing my distance to get to 14 miles for a long run.

While that may seem like normal progression (and admittedly maybe not enough for marathon training with the race just a little more than two months away), 14 miles is a HUGE milestone in my return. The last time I ran farther that than was the Disney Marathon in January 2013. The last time I ran farther in a training run was October 2012.

So February, let’s do this …