I still can’t believe that it’s 2011. The past year went by quicker than a virgin pulling the trigger. Of course I have to participate in the pointless act of making New Year’s resolutions. I call them pointless because most people fail on their resolutions. Doing something like losing weight isn’t just a simple thing one can do; it becomes a lifestyle change. Many people do not realize that resolutions are serious business and the change won’t happen until the person making the promises take them seriously. However, resolutions can be completed if motivated enough. I know because I have followed through with some, such as exercising.
Resolution: Run a 10K in 45 minutes.
By the end of next year, I want to enter a 10K at Central Park in December. For those who don’t know, a 10K is a race that is just over six miles. I never ran a race before but I was fit enough to do so at one point. About ten years ago, I lived in Coney Island and had the same physical ability I have now…none. I weighed about 230 pounds, which is not good for my 5’10” frame. When New Years came around, I decided to start a running plan. I used to get Men’s Health regularly and they always had some sort of running plan. I didn’t like the way I looked so I vowed to finish the running plan and actually stuck to it.
My jogging route, sans Crackheads
There were many times where I wanted to quit running. When I first started, I would run the little bit I was scheduled to and then I would be finished for the day. I would not want to do anything; I was that tired. Since I started at the beginning of the year, there was harsh winter weather. There were times when snow would be flying in my face. I would run only if flurries were coming down but since I’m moving forward quickly, the snow would fly in my face and stick on my eyeballs. In addition, a large amount of the boardwalk would be covered in ice and I had to run on the very tiring sand. I was able to run the whole boardwalk both ways seven months later. Thinking about it now, I’m shocked that I stuck to the program. It was a lot of hard work but it payed off. If I entered a 10K back then, I could’ve finished in the 45 minute mark.
Since I decided to get back into the shape I once was, I acquired some books on running so that I can do it the right way and avoid mistakes. The first time I got into running, I did it to get in shape. Now, although I want to lose weight again, I figure that having a race goal would keep me on the program. It also seems cool to enter something that I can compete in. I wasn’t very good in sports and this running idea seems like a second chance to get good at a sport.
I didn’t plan on running again to run in races. I just wanted to get in shape. However, every running book that I got my hands on always talks about running races. By the time one finished getting all the information they need from these books, he or she has a general idea on how to prepare to run a marathon. Because my running goals fit with running races, I might as well run the race. Besides, who can turn down a free T-shirt that comes with the events. Free is free.
I gotta tell ya, runners seem to have their own sub-culture. They need a diet with specific foods, a large emphasis is placed on running gear, tracking the time it takes to run a mile, escaping the police, hydration…the list goes on and on.
Never spend the weekend in bookings again
There are even running clubs! I was just reading about a local running group that has meetings Saturday mornings in a house a few miles from me. Once I purchase a club uniform, I can start attending the meetings. It seems kinda weird that a running club uniform requires a black hooded robe with nothing underneath, but anything that helps me get to my running goal is good.
Finally, a good way to keep up a physical activity is accountability. Having others follow your progress is a great motivator and I need a way to document my progress. I decided that a good way for me to follow through is to create another blog that is based on running. This idea can help me in two ways: 1) like I said before, it helps keep accountability and 2) it keeps me writing, which in turn, helps blog writing become second nature and I can post more articles on this blog. Spending minutes a day writing will help produce more posts, fine tune my writing voice, and have my wife become less suspicious with me visiting porn sites.
You can find my other blog here and my first post will be this article. I plan on writing articles for both regularly (there goes that freakin word again).
Happy New Year, and stay tuned!