Friday, January 3, 2014

Flashback Friday: Assuming the Beginner Mentality

Happy New Year, readers, and welcome back from the holiday break. We're three days into 2014, and I still haven't run. I broke my long tradition of an annual New Year's Day run, but today I've been plotting my return to the scene.

It dawned on me yesterday that if I'm going to get back to running this year and return to the Akron Marathon, then I need to take a step back to make a leap forward from last year's sad state of running affairs. In short, I'm going to have to start from scratch and become a beginner again.

A couple months ago, when I thought I might actually run again in 2013, I was hashing out this grand training plan to get my fitness back and start building mileage early this Spring, all in the spirit of attacking an ambitious marathon goal.

But that was fucking stupid.

I haven't run in almost three months, and even then I was not in good shape. Instead of aiming for another sub-4:00:00 marathon, my goals should be: A.) get back out there, B.) stick to it, C.) finish the race, and then D.) keep running afterward. And so, there you have it. These are my goals for 2014. No numbers. No times. Just get the participation medal.

So, treat me like a beginner this year. I won't be talking about racking up some unattainable yearly mileage (1,000 miles) or crazy race goals (all the PRs, bitches!), but instead it's one step at a time for me. This week's objective: one run. It doesn't matter how far (3 miles) or how long it takes me (30 minutes). It only matters that I do it. Cheers!


One Crazy Penguin said...

Kudos to you. Much better to set realistic and attainable goals. Especially when returning after a while off of running. Would suck to pack on mileage and then get injured just to be out for even more time.

Yay for participation :)

Jen Feeny said...

Start small, stay consistent, see big gains. Good luck friend!

Al's CL Reviews said...

"and then D.) keep running afterward."

That's what killed me. I forgot that as a goal.

I'm back to the newb stage myself. Cheers!