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2018 Reflections and 2019 Goals

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Happy New Year, Friends!

I hope your year is off to a great start – I know mine is! I was all over the place in 2018 and I feel like I’d need to write a novel to recap it. I went back to see if I’d actually laid out any goals for the year and I didn’t. My main focus was getting ready for Denali, and we know how that ended, but we also know how much good came out of it.

2018 Stats: I didn’t do the best job at keeping my training log going all year, which has become a new 2019 goal. I’m pretty good at logging everything on Strava but I’m not sure how accurate that really is. It said my longest run was 18 miles but it somehow forgot about the 50K I did – but here is what Strava says:

  • Days Active – 142
  • Most Active Month – June
  • Total Miles – 723.6
  • Total Running Miles – 522
  • 185 Hours
  • 62,124 Elevation Gain
  • Races – 9: NFEC D.C. 50K, Colfax 13.1, Mt. Evans Ascent, Leadville Heavy Half, GTIS 13.1, Estes Epic, Veterans Day 5K, Pumpkin Pie 5K & 10K, and Rehoboth 13.1.

Those are some pretty darn good races! No wonder I ended up getting shin splints!

2017 Calendar

2017 wasn’t the best numbers year, but it was my comeback year. I’ll always love 2017.

2018 Calendar

Much more consistent in 2018!

After I withdrew from the Denali team, I thought I had something to prove to myself.  I was certainly wanting to make some big moves with some very aggressive goals – like Marathon Maniacs and building up to run a 100 miler. How can I go from training to climb Denali to anything less awesome? I’m an open book and not afraid to change goals that I’ve already made public. While those goals are completely realistic for me, I don’t think it’s the right time for them yet. I need to focus on getting as healthy and strong as I can, while also getting there the smartest way possible (I keep saying that, I get it). I’ve never allowed myself to train properly, so I should definitely get that tuned in first.

One of my best-good friends (as Forrest would say), Kelli, is a fitness instructor at our awesome sauce wellness center. She has been trying to talk me into becoming one as well. I’ve been afraid of the time commitment and worried that it would get in the way of other things. However, the more classes I take, I’m really starting to think that I could do it. When I was deployed in Afghanistan, the only thing to do outside of work was to workout and run. When I wasn’t running, I was on a spin bike with playlists that I pre-made just for spinning. I even thought back then that I’d make a good spin instructor. I’ve worked out for a long time, and even took a weigh lifting class in community college WAY BACK, so I’m familiar with lots of different exercises.

Soooo… in February, I will start the ACE (American Council on Exercise) program to become a fitness instructor! I think it lasts about FOUR months! I will be attending an info sesh pretty soon and will have more details. The classes I will likely teach are spin (which I will have to get separately certified for), barbell strength, and HIIT. I’m super excited about this! This will allow me to learn a lot, workout A LOT, and become a smarter athlete!

While I do want to focus on getting strong, I am still a runner (duh). Yesterday, I registered for the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon which is the last weekend of April! I’d initially had a goal of marathon PRing but I’m not sure I’m officially going for that anymore. I’m already two weeks behind on the start of training – but if I keep training smartly, it may happen on it’s own! I just want to have a happy and healthy marathon. Once I accomplish happy and healthy, then I can start setting time goals.

Things I want to do in 2019:

  • Become a Fitness Instructor
  • Work on pushups and pullups – I like to be able to do 50 and 10 correct form/full range
  • Climb more 14ers in the summer
  • Run a happy and healthy NJ Marathon
  • 13.1 PR at Rehoboth (of COURSE I’ve already signed up!)

I am still just as fired up as I was months ago, but now I’m ready to focus that fire in the right places. I’m excited about all the places and adventures that I know 2019 will bring! I’ll see some of you lovelies along the way! Best wishes to you all for your own happy and healthy 2019!!

Thanks for reading friends,

Chris

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Excellent set of goals for 2019! An instructor license could open up lots of fun opportunities. Great idea!

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Climb more 14ers - sometimes this side of the country sucks a little bit. I got my eyes on some of the Southern Sixers though...

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  • Work on pushups and pullups – I like to be able to do 50 and 10 correct form/full range

I love all your goals- but really like this and might try to do it too- but maybe 10 and 2 !  O.o  Happy 2019!

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6 minutes ago, Running Nutz said:

I love all your goals- but really like this and might try to do it too- but maybe 10 and 2 !  O.o  Happy 2019!

When I first joined the Army and took my first PT test, I did 11 pushups - they weren't even great pushups. I never really worked on them on my own, since they liked to use them as punishment, but I did get up to 50 (in the 2 minute time limit) at one point during one of my final PT tests. If I really try to work on them, I should get more than 50. However, I've never EVER been able to do one full, unassisted pullup - even when I went to and finished Airborne School where it was supposedly a requirement. 

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Love, love, love this! What a great year of racing in 2018 and so many awesome things to look forward to in 2019. I'm totally going to pick your brain about fitness stuff now LOL! 

And much like Gonzo, I'm totally jealous of your access to 14ers. 

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Hehe, you wrote this and it had me thinking, maybe I should get certified in spin so I can take more spin classes, LOL. 

Looking forward to reading about all the exciting things you have planned!!!

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Let's find another local race to do this year (in addition to the Pumpkin Pie double, of course!)

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2 hours ago, CompulsiveRunner said:

Let's find another local race to do this year (in addition to the Pumpkin Pie double, of course!)

Yes! I would really like to do the Hot Chocolate 15K this year, but hopefully we could find something before that!

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Healthy is the best goal, and nothing leads to PRs better than consistent running day after day.  Cheers!

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Those are great goals.  Good luck achieving every one of them in 2019!  I'm looking forward to meeting you in New Jersey. 👍

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