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#17: Serious goal setting

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ok, this is serious now.

It has been a terrible quarter where I gained 6lb, now again bordering on overweight. I feel terrible because I KNOW I can overcome this, I've done it before, but this year all my promises slip through my fingers. I want -- no, I NEED to change that. I HAVE TO get serious about it.

This past Sunday was LA Marathon. I saw all the people running, but what's worse I saw pictures of my friends on Facebook with their marathon medals. They are not athletes, they are in school or working just like me. Why do they run marathons and get medals and I sit on my ass? Am I worse than them?

No! I can do this. I trained for a 5K before. Granted that marathon is 26.2 miles, which is x8 longer than a 5K... the basic premise is the same. You step one foot over the other, and you run. You run across LA from Dodgers Stadium to Santa Monica pier. And you get a cool medal. I want that.

I want to set a long-term goal that is realistic, achievable and sustainable.

I want to finish LA Marathon 2014. I have a year to prepare for it.

To train for it, I will finish Nike San Francisco Half-Marathon (13 mi) in October. I will finish a 15K (9mi) in July.

So now I will train for Santa Monica Classic 10K (6.2mi) on May 19.

I don't care for weight or how skinny I'll look. I want to prove to myself that I can. I want to be a badass. I will finish my PhD AND I will run a marathon.

I will use Hal Higdon's Novice training plans & track it with MapMyRun.

Once I finish the first two weeks of training, I will get myself a present of a heart rate monitor and that armband thingie for my phone.

Now ready, set, GO!

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