Today is the day. The day I turn the big 3-0.
In my younger days, 30 always sounded so old, so adult. Now that I’m here, I don’t feel particularly old (or wise, for that matter).
Instead, I start my 30th year the healthiest I’ve ever been, having reclaimed my life and health over 2 years ago now. And I vow to make this my best year ever! I’ve got plenty of running plans lined up this year, with 2 big goals in particular:
- I will break 4 hours in the marathon this year. I’ve already been doing lots of speedwork at the indoor track once a week, and I will continue to do more of the same as we move towards the summer and Mayor’s Marathon in June. One other thing I’m doing to help accomplish this goal: finally lose the last bit of weight that’s been hanging around. In 2010, I lost 90 pounds, going from 290 to 200. Then, I put back on a little bit and spent most of 2011 in the 215-220 range. Ideally I think I’d like to be down around 190-195. The rule of thumb I’ve seen is that for every pound of extra weight that you’re carrying around, you lose 2 seconds per mile. That may not sound like much, but over the length of a marathon, that works out to about 20 extra minutes for me. So in theory, I could go from my current PR of 4:00 down to 3:40 just by getting to my goal weight. On January 1, I tipped the scales at 221. Today I weighed in at 212. Let’s do this!
- Finish my first ultramarathon (a 50 miler in July) – hopefully with a smile still on my face! I haven’t officially signed up for this race yet, but I’m mentally committed to running (and training for) this.I’m sure it won’t be easy. I’m sure there will be times that I’ll ask myself why I’m doing this. I’m also sure that it will be one hell of an adventure that I’ll never forget.
Here’s to an epic year, may 30 be my best year yet!
Fun fact: I share a birthday with Oprah, so happy 58th birthday to her! Sorry, I don’t have any cars to give away.