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13 goals: April update

April 2013 … it's the month where all things I've ever thought about running were thrown out the door. I almost wanted to throw out my 13 goals for the year and start over, but I think that would be unfair to myself. And I never mentioned here that I lost my job to kick off the month, but that's another story for another time.

I still have these 13 goals staring at me that I want to complete, but I also will have new running goals in the next couple of months.

So let's do a checkup on these goals. Some progress was made, and there was one minor setback, but all things considered this was a great month. 80+ running miles, 20+ miles on the bike, a few times in the weight room and a run with a deer head costume made for a good month personally.

2013 Monument Avenue 10k shadow

1. 5k PR – official or unofficial I feel like I got slower throughout April, but that's simply because I didn't do any speed work the second half of the month.

2. Run at least 2 races I’ve never done before One down with Disney, more to come.

3. Run a 5k – official or unofficial – with my friend Brandon He's trying hard to find me a job close to him. It's all because he wants me to kick his ass every day at 6 a.m.

4. 50 consecutive push-ups No max test this month, but I did have a handful of workouts with push-ups and several upper body workouts in the weight room.

5. Ride at least 200 miles Good progress this month, which makes me wonder if 200 was a bit light. I'm now at 36 for the year, with much more ambition to get on the bike.

6. Weigh in at less than 180 I haven't been on a scale since early March. I know from photos that I've made no progress. I've picked tomorrow as a weigh-in day to see where I stand. Then a plan is going in place.

7. Do a plank at least once a week Right on target.

8. Run a race without a watch As I've mentioned, this is pretty much done, although Disney was not something I "raced." I thought I'd leave my watch at home for the Monument Avenue 10k, but I wanted to help pace my sister (see below). Another opportunity will come eventually.

9. Run with my sister Heather Done! And she got a nice 10k PR in the process.

10. Do an exercise at least once per month that I haven’t done the rest of the year Every month I get to the final few days and remember this. On Monday I did a set of one-legged squats. Tough stuff. Definitely need to do that more.

11. Eat at least one salad per week I'm right on track for this, but I expect to triple my effort in in the next month. Lettuce is cheap.

12. Limit myself to one soft drink a month April 20 at the Blue Ridge Half they had ice-cold Cokes. I was tired. A Coke sounded good. That was my second soft drink of the month. I'll make it up in May by skipping the month. That will at least help me mentally on this slip-up.

13. Run ON the beach I'm only a couple of hours from Virginia Beach. This will get done no matter what.

Oh deer ...

For several years I've had an idea to do a race in costume. It was simple really -- someone is a hunter and another person is an animal. Today, that idea became reality.

Monument Avenue 10k

My sister, Heather, and I hit the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond in style as The Hunter and The Hunted. And despite the Richmond Times-Dispatch judges' lapse in judgement in not even placing us in the top 3 for the contest (I kid ... sort of), we had a great time. (I think we didn't win because she's holding the bow the wrong way ...)

I also helped pace Heather to a PR -- 59:04 unofficially, setting a 3 minute PR for her for this distance and 10 minutes better than her time from last year's Monument Avenue 10k.

Having never really paced anyone before in a race, I must say that I got a lot out of it.

I knew what mile times we had to hit to break an hour and get her to a PR. Despite having a deer head on my head, I settled us into a comfortable 9:30 pace and pretty much held it there.

I got the great satisfaction of being a "coach" at the end when she said she might throw up, but she was able to hold it off. Maybe next time.

It also marks off one of my 13 goals for 2013 by us running together, and I certainly hope it's not the last.

Monument Avenue 10k

Monument Avenue 10k deer

No. 1,002

I didn't think 2 posts after my 1,000th post that I'd be doing a list post, but I don't have that much to say about specific running-related things right now. That's a good thing.

  • A week from tonight I'll be mentally preparing to run in a costume. I'm ready for all the fun that the Monument Avenue 10k has to offer, but I'm not revealing any costume secrets.
  • Speaking of Monument Avenue, I'd love a $1 or $5 or $50 donation for my efforts for Comfort Zone Camp. Help out a child. It's simple, I promise.
  • Two weeks from tonight race preparations will be a little more serious as I think about the hills (mountain) of the Blue Ridge Half Marathon. I've had a few good hill runs in the past two weeks, but I have no idea what will happen that day. I kind of like that unknown.
  • I had a run this week that included two miles in 15:33. I feel really good about my speed right now and about my chances of a 5k PR in another couple of months. I just have to find a race that would be realistic to go for it.
  • Scott and I started a #RunChat shop through CafePress. I got my first items this week and I must say they are great. And I'm not just saying that to sell them. Go check it out.

Running ... for the kids

Comfort Zone Camp logoA couple of months ago I had the opportunity to run for Comfort Zone Camp's Grief Relief Team at the Disney World Marathon. The experience of getting to know some of their staff and what they do for kids put into perspective for me that it was time to run for a new cause.

Comfort Zone Camp is a place for grieving children to go and be a kid. A child who loses a parent or sibling deserves a chance for normalcy, and that's what these camps do.

Sending a child to camp, though, takes a commitment from donors. Without the generosity of others, these kids wouldn't have this chance to laugh, to smile, to play.

It costs $500 to send just one child to camp. And that's why I'm joining the Grief Relief Team for the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k in April.

But I want to go beyond $500. I want to get to $750. Getting to $1,000 would be even better.

You can donate to my team HERE. Donations of ANY amount are accepted. $1 ... $5 ... $50. Every penny is accepted.

For more information about Comfort Zone Camp, visit their website.