Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Shopping List

Rodeo clown Flint Rasmussen                       Image via WikipediaSo I went to the store to pick up a few things today.  There was no sale.  Everything was listed at the full price.  There were no discounts, no 10% off coupons, no buy six get one free.  There was no frequent shopper card, no volume discounts, no free dessert on your birthday.  Everything at this store costs what it costs and you can either pay the price or go home empty handed.

Today I went shopping for some new goals.

Here is what I came up with, along with the corresponding price.

1.  Goal:  I would like to change a certain number from a "2" to a "1".  
     Price:  Eat consistently right, track progress, don't fall into destructive cycles, get back to running.

2. Goal: I would like to become a meathead  (aka muscle-bound oaf)  (or at least be able to do more than one pushup)
    Price:  Learn what a Romanian Dead Lift is, and follow the plan that my olympian meathead friend sent to me.  Also, I must abandon hope of lifting my arms above my head the day after I "lift".

3. Goal: I would like to finish a 100 miler,  finish the Leadville 100, qualify and run the Hardrock 100.
     Price:  Run.  Also, run some more.  Finally, keep running and don't stop.  Then again, I might have to run.  The other thing I was thinking was that I will probably have to do a bit of  running.

4. Goal:  Run a sub 20 minute 5k.  (stop laughing)
    Price:  Speed work,  Consistency of workouts, Lose the piano  (see #1 above)

5.  Goal:  Run an ultra with teh wifey.
     Price:  Convince her having two people training for an ultra is possible while still remembering the names of our children.

6.  Goal:  Do all of the above and still be the husband, father, servant, family member, friend, and rodeo clown that I want to be.
     Price:  Find balance?

So that is quite a shopping list.  I'm not sure I can afford all of these.  I might have to pick and choose.  I might have to put some on layaway and save up.  All that being said, I have some money in my pocket and may  have to spend it on a few things.  After all, the price might go up.  The store might close.  I might not be able to afford these fun things some day.  Think they take credit?

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Friends and Family Plan

Cheyenne Mountain photographed from outside of...Image via WikipediaSo.  There have been some kewl things happening in the running world.

First of all there was this.  Chris, an amazing streak runner, finished 1000 days of running.  Incredible!  Amazing.  Having done a small streak myself I feel like I can appreciate a little of what he went through.  He had some crazy stuff happen including dog bites, sickness, injuries,  etc. but still managed to persevere.  Very inspiring stuff if you ask me.

Then there was this.    A couple of - awesome people/uber fast runners/trail fiends had an amazing race.  Sounds simple, but there is so much joy in the race report you should really check it out.  My favorite word in the whole report is the use of the term "Ahem."

Third of all there was this.    Teh wifey has been working in some runnin' and followed it with some racin'.      She competed in the Xterra Trail Half-Marathon at Cheyenne Mountain Park this past Saturday.  Let me tell you the conditions were intense.  The temperature never got above 40 degrees and it rained/snowed the entire time.  The trails were complete mud, the rocks were slick, and for whatever reason none of the aid stations had any food?!?  Despite all of that she crossed the finish line with a smile on her face and I'm quite sure she wouldn't have had it any other way.  Hard Core!

I dunno about you but I love and am inspired by seeing friends and family experiencing joy and success and I just had to share.

p.s. I started training again.

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