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TreeGirl

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Hey all - sorry for my extended absence.  Getting settled into my new house and finding a new normal to life was harder than anticipated.  Things are going good with my house - only a few bumps in the first month.  On the day I moved in it rained in the living room and the steam boiler quit.  Roof issue was found and fixed and Rick, my boiler repair guy, got Gertie (the steam boiler) up and running after 2 visits.  That was 2 months ago and Gertie is running well despite the -14F air temp this morning when I left the house.  She's actually not old - just around 12-15 years in age.  It's just she's unusual because steam boilers are rare these days.

Running.... I'm thrilled to report that my new little city clears the sidewalks with a tractor driven snowblower every time it snows.  All the side streets and main streets in the city limits get cleared regularly.  It's amazing!  I don't have to go slip sliding down the streets and worry about sleepy early morning drivers seeing me.  The sidewalks are amazingly clear and footing has been great so far.  I have a well lit and safe 3 mile route for pre-work/pre-dawn mornings.  I go right by our famous Goodale's Bakery and the smell is intoxicating at 5:30 am.  It is a bit tortuous, though. :P

Like the rest of you, trying to get out for some miles has been brutal due to the weather.  Seasonal depression is looming and at times I fail to recognize the signs in myself and that makes it a challenge to get my butt in gear and put in a few miles a day.  I'm doing my best to get out there every time there is a break in the weather.  Things look good for me to get out X-C skiing on Sunday.  I haven't been on my skis yet this year due to a busy holiday schedule and then the ridiculously cold weather that descended from Canada.  I'm really anxious to get on the trails with my skis. 

I'm struggling to wrap my head around some goals for 2018.  I have 2 big ones but they aren't running goals.  1. pay off debt  2. Drop weight.  I have specific targets for both of those but I won't elaborate.  My first goal impacts my participation in any Loop gatherings for a year or two and I also won't be registering for any races due to both of those 2 goals.  So that leaves me with a feeling of being lost - I need to find a way to set a running goal or two.  I won't set a distance goal.  I've gone as far as I want to go until I achieve goal 2.  I can't ideally set a pace goal because goal 2 means I'm slower than ever and will get faster but I'm not at a point to see vast improvement.  I'm still enjoying going to Crossfit 2-3 days a week and that's keeping me strong in ways I never imagined along with keeping the discs in my back and neck happier than ever. 

 

Deep thought is needed to set a running goal for myself in 2018.  Any ideas are welcome!  (I've done roads and trails.  I don't have any interest in obstacle course type races.)

 

 

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How about instead of a mileage goal, you set a goal to go for a run X number of days per month. "A run" can be whatever you want it to be. 

Goals are always better if they can actually be measured. 

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10 minutes ago, MichaelV said:

How about instead of a mileage goal, you set a goal to go for a run X number of days per month. "A run" can be whatever you want it to be. 

Goals are always better if they can actually be measured. 

Excellent point!  I like that idea. :D 

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I'm glad crossfit is working out for you. If I were to ever join a gym, it would probably be a crossfit.

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I like having my yearly goals be something like run at least 100 miles each month; rather than PR in XX distance.

Maybe you could aim to run in XX number of trails in your new area this year?

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maybe get rid of numbers all together this year when it comes to running- especially if your official 2018 goals revolve around numbers.  Taking it back to basics- like maybe "sweat every day".  No numbers, no set workouts, just do something.  Happy 2018 Treegirl- I love your bloops, you are one of my favorites!

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1 hour ago, Running Nutz said:

maybe get rid of numbers all together this year when it comes to running- especially if your official 2018 goals revolve around numbers.  Taking it back to basics- like maybe "sweat every day".  No numbers, no set workouts, just do something.  Happy 2018 Treegirl- I love your bloops, you are one of my favorites!

Happy New Year to you too!  I like the idea of not having a "number" associated with the year.  Just get some miles 5-6 days a week.  Run, run/walk, ski, etc.  Thanks!

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14 hours ago, TreeGirl said:

Happy New Year to you too!  I like the idea of not having a "number" associated with the year.  Just get some miles 5-6 days a week.  Run, run/walk, ski, etc.  Thanks!

+1 to this. Wouldn't even have to be mileage based. Could be time or just having done it x number of times per week. Just make sure it stays fun and not cumbersome.

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I am so impressed about your city clearing the snow off the sidewalks!  Check the goal of "moving the a winter runner's dream town" off your list.

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I'm not sure I could run by a bakery every morning.  9_9   

I find that I go in waves - I like having goals for a while, and then I like having no goal for a while.  Maybe it's good for the mind to not always have a goal?  Who knows.  Good luck with whatever your running goals end up being!

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That's amazing about the sidewalks, you hit the jackpot. When I lived in Jersey I was at the end of my street, and the plow drivers would push everything they gathered onto my front lawn every time it snowed. Even for a modest few inched of snow, I always had several feet of melted and refrozen solid ice to hack through to clear the sidewalk. All within 24 hours or get a citation. 

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