Let's see, what do I feel like doing this year? Nothing? Okay!
Oh, fine. I guess my motivation will catch up eventually.
1. Do the marathon. Do the marathon training. Don't die.
Yep, I have signed up for another marathon -- the Vancouver USA Marathon on June 19. I have no idea why. Hopefully I will get my motivation back by the time official marathon training begins at the end of February. I'm going to follow the same plan I did for Eugene. I felt very prepared with that plan, and I was only running four days a week. I plan to add in cross-training this time around, however.
2. Do a full, for-real pushup.
My upper body strength SUCKS. This seems like a good goal in conjunction with the marathon training, to get me to do the cross-training I should do.
3. Go paleo.
I felt so much better when I did the 30 day paleo challenge. I will be doing paleo 85-15, which basically means up to three meals a week can be non-paleo. I think for me that will mean one or two meals off plan and then a few grazes here and there to make up the third. In addition to getting healthier weight-wise with paleo, I also hope it will help repair the acid reflux damage I've suffered. That has been getting very bad lately.
4. Visit my grandparents.
I owe them a visit.
5. Ask for a raise.
My boss owes me a big raise.
6. Break 35 minutes for a 5K.
Last year my primary focus was on distance. I do not believe I can incorporate speed work with marathon training, but with consistent running my speed does improve. Breaking 35 minutes is absolutely doable if I train consistently.
7. Break six hours on the marathon.
I finished Eugene in 6:25. Getting one minute faster per mile will get me to this goal. One way I can do that is to train consistently to improve my endurance and therefore my speed overall. Another way is to work on walking faster. My running speed is slow but decent. I walk incredibly slow, however. If I need to walk, I need to walk faster.
I think that will do it for 2011. I have a few other things I plan to do this year but nothing I feel like elevating to goal level. And I already have a couple of ideas about goals for 2012, which hinge on meeting my 2011 goals.
All in all, I think 2011 will be an even better year. Many people had a bad year last year, but not me. I completed a marathon, I turned 40, I really got comfortable with me. I plan to keep building on all of that.