Plan, plan plan… Location, location, location…

Friday evening I got together with one of my PRGs (Personal Running Gurus) and we had a talk about goals and running plans and reality and limitations and starting all over all over again and how much closer I/we are to that last part than any speed/pace goals I/we might have tucked away in our mind/s.

For as much as I want to get to certain speed/pace goals (as does HCRP), there are three very real realities in our lives:
A) We simply did not run consistently pretty much any of last year.
(There’s nothing parenthetical about this, but I’m establishing a pattern here.)

B) We’re not getting any younger.
(HCRP hit 50 last July, I’m pushing it so hard I could knock it on its butt. And will in one month and two days!)

C) We are asking our bodies to carry more weight than they can hit those pace goals carrying.
(Such an evasive way to say “We’re overweight”.)

After consultation with my PRG (who is also an RRCA Certified Running Coach, one of many in Memphis) we have three goals and A Plan.
A) Develop consistency in running and cross training.
(The accountability of partnering with a friend in the 2,015 in 2015 program along with my PRG Coach Friend having an idea what I’m supposed to be doing will help.)

B) Train smart. And we now have a smart training plan.
(My/Our plan had us way over-training and barreling full-speed ahead – pun fully intended – towards injury.)

C) Clean up our diet and drop weight.
(This part I have more than ample knowledge to do, it’s the execution that’s my weakness.)

So that’s what the first six months of 2015 are focused on The Three Cs: Consistency, Commitment, Clean Eating!

Sundays are Short, Easy Run Days.
Sundays are supposed to be Short, Easy Run Days.
Yesterday we managed the “Short” part. We (and by “we” I mean “me” because I picked where we ran) did not manage the “Easy” part.
Memphis has a gajillion miles of running trails and bike paths both paved and unpaved. I am far more comfortable road running (Read: On pavement). I don’t like tripping over things. I hate snakes. And the idea of ticks falling out of trees onto my head freaks me smooth out. But seeing as how I’m closing in on my very own shiny, new, AARP Membership in the next 30 days; and having recently read an article (that I can’t remember the source of, because Pushing Fifty Brain) that talked about the benefits of off road trail running for AARP Membership Eligible runners (snakes and ticks notwithstanding) I decided we needed to run “off road”  ish. 

Aaaaanyway… With the concepts of that article pinging in my brain, and looking to change some things up in our running routine, I picked a gravel road/trail course for our “Easy” run Sunday afternoon.
I chose poorly.
I forgot about two things: The Hills and The Construction Detours.
The Hills part should speak for itself.
SFP is the largest park in our area and is currently undergoing a major enhancement project part of which impacts (albeit minimally given the scope of this whole thing) some of the running and cycling trails. So as we got to the point where a detour was inevitable we needed to run a good half mile further before turning around to get in the three miles we’d set out to run. Our options were: Run back and forth up and down the freakin’ mother of a hill; or turn off and run on the “mountain bike trail” before turning around and heading back.
Now, which one of these do you think I went with?
All those who guessed “mountain bike trail” run right up here to the front of the class and get your Gold Star.
Yep.
We went there, did that.
This did not make for an “Easy” run.
But we did it.
The takeaway from that little adventure: Having a plan is good, knowing where you’re going is even better!

Oh, hi! You’re still here?

Well, well, well…  It’s been long enough since I’ve been here that I’m having to completely re-learn the toolbar at the top of this little window.  That’s fun.  Honestly, the first thing that came to mind when I started thinking (a week ago) “I really need to get back to blogging” was that part at the end of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when he comes down the hall saying “You’re still here?  It’s over.  Go home.”  Only don’t go home, it isn’t over.  I’m just getting started all over again again.

It’s also been long enough since I’ve run consistently that I’m having to re-learn some of that.  Not the least of which are The Two Cs of Running (and everything): Consistency and Commitment.

I have no excuses or explanations for what happened to me with running in 2014.  I just didn’t.  Well, I did.  I ran a total of 192 miles for the year.  An average of 1.9 miles per day only without any consistency.  At. All.  But that was then and this is now and I am committed to consistency. I am an overall better version of myself when I run consistently, and I like being that person.

Plus 2015 is somewhat of a watershed year for me.  I turn 50 this year!  And I really am ‘exclamation point excited’ about it. I’m getting a bicycle for my birthday.  One of those nifty cruiser bikes with a basket on the handlebars that I can ride up and down the Greenline just for fun. And to overcome an adulthood aversion to cycling.
No, I won’t be registering for any triathlons.  Ever.  I have no desire to do that. I admire triathletes, I have friends who are triathletes, I don’t need to join that particular club.

I do have some running goals for the year.
I’d like to get my 5K and 10K pace down to a consistent 10 minute mile.
I’d like to get my half marathon time down to 2:30:00.
Towards that end I’m going to sit down with a running coach and work out a training program.  This will provide both guidance and accountability.

I’m also going to get my Race Director Certification through RRCA.  This will require time management more than anything else.  Okay, it will require me not talking myself out of it or coming up with half a dozen excuses not to.  So I’m putting it “Out There” here.  Feel free to nag.  Step One is funding the registration fee. I’d like to be registered and started on this by my birthday (February 21st).

And coming here at least weekly is another part of accountability for me.
I love writing/blogging, and frankly I’ve missed it.  I’ve missed having Stats to track and seeing how many people read a given post and where they’re from. In order to have that I have to write.  And because this is a blog about my adventures in running there have to be such adventures in order to blog.

I’ve also entered the Run The Edge 2,015 in 2015 Challenge with one of my running friends and HCRP. Actually I entered it because of Renee (running friend).  Were it not for her I would have blown the whole idea off.  So Thanks Renee!

So for those who’ve stuck around waiting to see if/when I was ever going to post again: Thank you!  I’m back. And I’m glad you’re still here.