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3 goals set, 3 goals met.

In June and July I fell so short of so many goals that I was setting for myself that I knew things had to change in August. I didn't document things this month as much as I thought I would, but that doesn't mean things weren't going well. In fact, I'm ending August very happy. It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't a disaster. I set my mind to 3 goals and I hit every single one. I immediately want to talk about how I could have done even more, but I think that's just a natural thing when actually hitting every goal. Here's a look at how they all played out.

1,000 push-ups Enlisting the help of friends on Facebook and a shared document was key to keeping me focused on this. There were times in the month that I thought my arms were going to fall off, but now that it's done, I'm ready to do it again in September with more variety. I feel stronger and I can see the difference in the mirror.

All told I did 1,039 push-ups, hitting 1,000 with a couple of days to spare. The 10 of us who did the challenge did more than 10,500 total push-ups, with a few people needing to log the final few days. The women pretty much kicked everyone's asses, but that's one of the many fun aspects of this.

10 mile run, Richmond, August 2013

10 miles for a long run It's weird to have such low running miles for a month (61), but have my long run re-established at 10 miles (officially 10.1).

I normally wouldn't recommend this approach, but having so many miles on my feet from the past few years and being injury free for a while now, it was worth the risk to increase my long run to double digits.

I knocked that out on Aug. 24, so that feels like a nice bonus to not have waited until the last possible day. Plus the weather was amazing that day for August.

Bike more than I run I did 10 miles this morning to get to 67 for the month, beating out running by 6 miles. By running less in the past two months, I really got an urge to start running more in the second half of this month, and I debated on whether to drop this goal. After thinking about it the past couple of days I opted to forgo a long run today and close it out on the bike to mark all of these goals as DONE.

On to September I have a few goals in mind for next month, but with a new baby coming SOMETIME during the month, I'm not quite sure yet how much I want to push myself. I had such a good time hitting August's goals, that September may carry a similar theme.

Check-ups

In the final two days of this month I stopped comparing myself to myself. (Cue DMB’s “Rhyme & Reason” and the “My head won’t leave my head alone” lyrics.)

You see, along this journey of intentional cutting back, I started to feel bad because I wasn’t having my normal summer of 100-mile months. Running less was part of the summer plan a long time ago, but I never expected it to feel like it has.

At the beginning of the month I set some simple goals. Turns out, they weren’t so simple. I didn’t lose weight (in fact I gained a pound) and I came no where close to running 80 miles (56.8 is my lowest in the summer since 2003 when I ran 0). I did, however, beat my 30-mile goal for my bike, getting in 32.7 miles.

The way I’ve closed the month out – all but 4.6 of those biking miles were in the second half of July – has me feeling good about August. And when it comes to my love of running, I actually feel excited about getting back to higher mileage. Hitting a low in the summer is what I needed. It was just a hell of a process that I’m still getting over.

Those 13 goals ...

This is sort of a June and July check-up since I didn’t touch the subject a month ago.

1. 5k PR – official or unofficial I'm slow right now. Sure my 5K on July 4 wasn't bad, but I'm slow for my standards. This simply isn't realistic anytime soon.

2. Run at least 2 races I’ve never done before Done, sort of.

3. Run a 5k – official or unofficial – with my friend Brandon We've discussed it. Getting there.

4. 50 consecutive push-ups Through various things falling apart, I'm still getting occasional push-up workouts in. Nowhere close to 50 year.

5. Ride at least 200 miles See above on some progress for July. I'm at 104 for the year. Time to catch up in August.

6. Weigh in at less than 180 Call me Caption of Bad News this month.

7. Do a plank at least once a week Or not. Even if it's a sorry 30 second plank, this is still happening.

8. Run a race without a watch Done!

9. Run with my sister Heather Done!

10. Do an exercise at least once per month that I haven’t done the rest of the year Let's count jumping jacks in June; in July I carried my dumbbells from my side porch up my steps. That counts for me in this crazy month.

11. Eat at least one salad per week Doing well with this.

12. Limit myself to one soft drink a month I had a set-back in June with an extra day on my birthday. Exception, right? July I had a Coke at my in-laws. No cravings since.

13. Run ON the beach It’s coming …

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.

13 goals: March update

Mosquito Lake, Ohio This month and 1st quarter of 2013 have been all about setting myself up for a better rest of the year. So far, so good.

My current state of running and overall fitness is good. There's always an element of "it could be better," but if I was in a full state of content then I wouldn't be pushing myself. I like where things are, and I like where things are heading.

Here's how things went in March for my 13 goals for 2013:

1. 5k PR – official or unofficial I believe that with my current speedwork that I should be in a good place to go for this mid-summer.

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 We're working on that.

4. 50 consecutive push-ups While this wasn't a big focus in March, I did increase my max to 28.

5. Ride at least 200 miles 10 miles this month in between some bad weather. I'm at 14 for the year.

6. Weigh in at less than 180 I stepped on the scale early in the month, but nothing recently. I know there's no progress here, but I'm feeling good about what I can do in the next few months.

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'll be doing the Monument Avenue 10k next month with my sister and will probably leave the watch at home.

9. Run with my sister Heather See No. 8.

10. Do an exercise at least once per month that I haven’t done the rest of the year Bosu ball push-ups. Tough stuff. Much different than normal push-ups, but they've helped overall with my bigger push-ups goal.

11. Eat at least one salad per week Easily on track for this.

12. Limit myself to one soft drink a month March 13 ... I'm not sure why, but it was just one of those days in which I needed a pick-up. I'll probably have my next one tomorrow as I travel from Ohio to Virginia.

13. Run ON the beach Shamrock weekend was way too cold and messy to do this. I'll figure out a better time soon.

10 ... on the bike

I'm tired today, but I managed to get in 10.1 miles on the bike -- probably my longest ride since I was in my early teens. I just got on the bike and rode. Too bad I didn't really go anywhere. It actually went by fairly quickly though. My iPod had an interesting trio of songs with Dave Matthews Band, Dr. Dre and Aerosmith to keep me going tonight. I also got in a quick couple of miles on the elliptical runner. Add on the mile I walked with my dog and you have yourself a half-marathon night. That's all ... like I said, I'm tired.