Let’s get this started the right way – 2017 FTW
Let’s try to start of 2017 and spend more time here. Writing on my weblog used to be something I would do often and I actually enjoyed it, but I never made it a priority and it’s languished. I look back on it with regret, and that’s wrong – it’s just a thing that happened.
I still work at CenturyLink but I got a promotion last year to management and it’s been a fantastic experience. I spent the last 6 1/2 months on the road most weeks, travelling across 6 states working with a team of fantastic sales engineers, and that caused me to reevaluate my life habits in general. Like most people, I have good days and bad so in 2017, I’m going to try to handle things by focusing on “streaks”:
- Fitness: It’s a tired trope of blogs, but I’m going to try to streak for fitness. I live pretty close to a 24 hour gym and that means that I’ve got opportunity and motive to spend each day there, doing something active. If I can streak it to 7 days straight, then I’ll try for 2 weeks, then 4 weeks and hopefully the habit is built. I read about someone that spend last year running 2,016 miles and the idea of doing something like that for 2017 makes some sense. I can’t run that well, but walking/running for 2,017 miles throughout the year gives me a goal with perspective. I’m hoping that streaking gym time will push me in other directions like weights and general fitness.
- Food: Food and good eating habits are in my brain, but I usually take an easy way out when I’m on the road for work. I’m going to find a way to avoid the bad stuff while out of the office and again, streak it until I find a new balance point. My focus is the streak of good decisions, not the meal-to-meal success or failure.
- Structure: I’m planning my time more because with the new job, the “8-5” of the work day can be very random with priorities. I’m going to log my time spent on things during the month of January and use that as a skeleton of a schedule for future months.
I think 3 things are enough to focus on for now. I know from experience in previous years that these will deliver benefits on the side, like stress reduction, weight reduction and “happiness”.
The one where Zarah cracks the whip
So I agreed in June to be in a mini-triathlon in August. We’re coming up on a month away from the start and it’s time to crack the whip. Race Training Overlord [Zarah](http://beautyschooldropout.net) sent me the training schedule that she and [Matt](http://kerner.net) use and it’s a knee-buster.
Thursday morning is a BRICK (bike followed by run) which should tell me if I can really pull this off. I’m doing the triathlon no matter what–it’s not like I’ll win or place or anything–because the goal is more important right now than the result.
I rode my bike today. Not bad if I was say 12 years old, but it’s the distance that made the difference. Here’s the breakdown of an hour’s worth of bike exercise:
* 1 mile to the Signal gas station to get air for the tires. It’s free, not like the brand new place across the street which wants 75¢. I didn’t buy water here and it would come back to haunt me later.
* 2 miles to the point of no return “Eastgate and Catalpa” on the map linked above.
* 3 miles to from the point of no return to the Royal Bend on the map. That was the point where I realized I was tired, hungry and needed water very badly. I’d left the house without water or eating breakfast, intending the workout to go 25 minutes.
* 2 miles from Royal Bend to the Kum and Go convenience store where I got Gatorade, water, a banana and a Snickers bar. I finished them all before heading on. My legs felt like they were filled with lead but in 10 minutes, the electrolytes and sugar kicked in and I started the trip home.
* 1 mile to Eastgate and Catalpa a second time.
* 3 miles later and I’m home
That was 12 miles in a little more than an hour. Fun but it sure seemed longer than 12 miles.
The next ride is Tuesday and it’s supposed to be 30 minutes. We’ll see how far I can get.
Today I ran 2500 meters (or about 1.5 miles) without stopping at a good pace. I was not significantly winded afterwards and my time was around 18 minutes based on my iPod clock. I really need to get a stopwatch!
* The run itself was routine and that’s a good thing. It means that my body is starting to acclimate itself to the new exercise. I like that feeling.
* I need an orthotic insert for my running shoes.
* I need my new shoes *right now*.
* I wish I had enough money for an iPod nano and the Nike kit. It sounds like a blast.
11 minutes. I was surprised to find that from a “cold start” I can easily run one mile (1600 meters) in only 11 minutes. The pace was easy on my body and breathing, a nice jog. That means I’d likely turn in a time for a 5K run around 34.5 minutes. Not bad, but I don’t think it would be competitive or even realistic. I should add 15 minutes in there for slowing down, freaking out during a race or even getting tired.
I’m talking about a 5K because I think I’m going to enter the Sunshine Run, a local 5K institution put on by the Sisters of Mercy affiliate [St. John’s](http://stjohns.com). It’s an easy race and this year, it will start and end at Hammons Field, home of the Springfield Cardinals.
I ordered new shoes from [Ridgerunner Sports](http://ridgerunnersports.com) — new Cumulus VIII to replace the pair I have now that’s nearly worn through. It’s tempting to save a few bucks and get last year’s pair from Shoe Carnival and I may do that yet. I haven’t heard from them for a few days and I can’t wait the two weeks that they thought it might take.
Stealing a song title from Tammy…
I ran again this morning, starting off with a 1 mile run after a light warmup then finishing with a half mile jog. My stamina has increased slightly and tomorrow I’ll try the reverse order or maybe see if I can stretch it to a mile and a half before stopping.
It’s easy to see how daily running success can be addicting. It’s a good habit to have.
By the way, I’m not going to prattle on each day about running. Don’t unsubscribe quite yet.