All you need is...a uke.
Current tally for 2016:
Races run: 1.
Races unable to run due to snow-related rescheduling: 1.
Races not done because of realization that in no way was I in shape to run 13.1 miles: 1.
So I tried the 100 Days Challenge. I was great for the first five days of 2016. Then, bleh.
Looking ahead, this means:
- I haven't run (or done any exercise) in almost three weeks.
- I am running a half-marathon in 13 days.
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
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.
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.
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.