2016. Bring it!

I have chosen to sign up for a whole boatload of races in 2016. Dang you, end-of-year discount codes!

Here's where you should be able to find me:

 1/1: Hill Yeah 5K, Nashville

1/23: Zoo Run Run 5K, Nashville

2/6: Cedars Frostbite Half-Marathon, Lebanon, TN

2/13: Hot Chocolate 15K, Nashville

3/5: Tom King Classic Half-Marathon, Nashville

4/2: Richland Creek Run, Nashville

4/30: St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Half-Marathon

5/7: Iron Nugget Sprint Triathlon, Burns, TN

5/14: Achilles Hope & Possibility 5-Miler, Nashville

6/18: Grandma's Marathon, Duluth, MN

6/26: Chattanooga Waterfront Sprint Triathlon, Chattanooga, TN

7/9: Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon, Paris, TN

8/27: Cedars of Lebanon Triathlon, Lebanon, TN

8/28: Rocketman Triathlon, Huntsville, AL

10/30: Marine Corps Marathon (pending successful lottery registration)

Yeah, just noticed today that I've signed up for two triathlons (a sprint and an Olympic-length) on consecutive days. Should have thought that one through before I gave in to the New Year's Eve discount...

As for the Marine Corps Marathon, that's only to redeem myself for my one and only marathon DNF.


Simplify.

I don't know how many times I've seen something labeled "core workout" and been at least a little curious. (In at least one case, I bought a core-workouts book written by a cyclist who...wait for it...later tested positive for using synthetic testosterone.)

But I've hit on what I think might really work for me. Consistency. As in running or walking 30 minutes a day. Every day. I think a 54-year-old man can pull that off. (Wait. 54? Yep. Next week.)

Sure, the long runs will start getting longer, but I won't have to remember whether or not yesterday was the day I skipped.


Tradition.

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is an 8K near Jackson, MS. At least once a very athletic son has run it with me. Four years ago, when I was in prime marathon shape (or as close to it as I've ever been), I ran a PR of 46:07. Yesterday, because I lacked any kind of consistent training, I ran it in 1:03:04 (my watch had my closer to a chip time of 1:01:10, but hey, who's keeping track?). That's pretty damn slow.