Posted by: Drew | January 1, 2015

Four and a half years

… and I’m okay with that.

So much has changed in my life since the last time this was updated. Exciting things, difficult times, career changes, and of course I’m over 1,000 days older. I pulled up the blog to see what the last post was about, and it was my race report from the 2010 Columbus 10K. I remember quite plainly many things about that race, even today. That’s refreshing, as I sometimes wonder what I’ll remember when I “get older”. I know I’m not remotely old at the age of 36, but it’s refreshing nonetheless.

Interestingly, the race written about in that last post is now my responsibility. Yes, I’ve gone from a hobbyjogger to a race director (among other things in the running events world). Part of what I’ll be looking to talk about in what I hope will be regular writing here are the trials of putting on an event and my work life in general.

This blog was originally conceived as a space to talk about my becoming a runner. I’m looking to get myself back into regular running and actually doing a little “for real” racing in 2015. In brief, I’m (for me) out of shape. From 2007 through 2014, my yearly mileage totals have looked like this: 400, 665, 1000, 1477, 1471, 1154 (2012 – began working with Columbus Running Company in August), 418, and 435. I still have leg speed at short distances (mile and under), but my stamina has disappeared with the combined lack of mileage and consistency.

On January 1, I don’t have a lot of concrete goals for 2015. Part of me wants to lay out some consistency-based items like “take a picture and post it on Instagram every day of the year,” “run 1,500 miles,” or “write here every day”. But I know that at the first sign of failure or falling behind I will find myself trapped in the same self-defeating cycle that’s put my fitness at it’s current level.

So for today I’m going to commit to uh…. being more committed in 2015. By the end of the year’s first week, I would like to recap for myself my progress in each of those three “random” consistency based goals in the previous paragraph, and also come up with three quantifiable goals for the year. They may be those above, they may be related, or they may be something partially or completely unrelated. But for week 1, that’s what it’s going to be.

Happy New Year to you (and me). Let’s enjoy the ride.

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