Thursday, July 07, 2011

How Am I Doing? How You Doing?

Time for a mid-year check in, now that the 4th of July festivities are behind us. I've kind of had a roller coaster run here in the last month or so, and my goals have definitely been impacted by that. So, let's take a run down the scorecard and see where we are and what we have left to do in the last 5 months and 3 weeks of this year... 
  • Get the body healthy, keep the body healthy - hmm, well, Operation Girl Parts Be Gone was definitely part of getting the body healthy, and the corollary benefit is that the mandated break from running has helped all my twinges and tweaks in the legs heal and rest. So, I guess this is a good thing. Plus, the recovery has gone pretty well, which I can very honestly attribute to being in pretty good shape to begin with.  So, for this goal, I give myself a mid year grade of B. 
  • Run a Sub-5:00 Marathon - Not yet. Oklahoma City didn't turn out the way we expected it. And that is fine. I made my choices and I am content with them. It was the right thing  to do. So that means I need to run another marathon and shoot for that sub-5:00 Which will it be? Tyler in October? White Rock? Don't know yet. Probably White Rock. But if it doesn't happen, well, that means I keep to keep trying, right? Mid year grade: Incomplete. 
  • Run 3 or more 50K Trail Races - Bandera is done. Hells Yeah Hills is done. Palo Duro Canyon and Rocky Raccoon are on the schedule. Yeah, baby!! Mid year grade: B+
  • Complete a 50-Mile Race (November) -  On the schedule. Training plan drafted, including lots of cross training, swimming, cycling and many, many miles. Double-long runs on weekends, on trails and roads. Will be signing up as soon as we get done with family trip in Florida. It's on, baby. Mid year grade: Incomplete
  • Become A Marathon Maniac - Didn't complete silver level like I'd wanted, as I made the decision not to travel to Minnesota for the June race on the schedule. In retrospect, that was the best decision I could have made, as there was a lot yet to come in June that I'm not sure I would have been able to handle if I had run that last race. So, I did meet the goal of making Maniac. And there is plenty of time to level up. So, I give myself a mid-year grade of A-.
  • Complete 100 Pushup Challenge - Um... Incomplete... shut up. 
  • Complete 200 Situp Challenge - See above... shut it already!!
  • Run 1600 miles this year - Well, hell. At the end of June, I was at 642 miles for the year. That's about 150 short of halfway point, of what I need to reach this goal.  The training plan for the Wild Hare 50 miler runs through mid-November and has 876 miles on it. So if I hit every single run on it, I get a total of  1518, with December still to go. So, this is still feasible. Considering I was out of commission for most of June because of family stuff and the surgery, I think I will be happy if I hit 1500 total. So, I think even though I am behind pace for now, I will give myself a B. 
  • Complete two sprint triathlons this summer (August & September) - Still on the plan, but have been moved to September and early October. I have started looking at bicycles, and swim training starts as soon as we get back from the Mouse in late July. OMG... Grade: TBD...
So, there you go.  Two more weeks of restricted activity and then The Comeback begins. And oh what a comeback it will be!! WOOT!!

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