The title is a paraphrase of a quote I recently heard. I found it profound and worth noodling. I have been thinking a lot about how 2009 will differ from 2008. How I will differ in 2009 from who I was in 2008. It is a tough question. For the purpose of the blog, I will stick with answers that relate to running.
First, I want to get faster. I spent 2008 going longer but not focusing on speed. I increased my monthly miles by 40, not too shabby. Back-to-back long runs have become common place for me now. Thirteen miles is now an easy Saturday run. But I have slowed down. While this was acceptable in 2008, it isn’t for 2009. When I lived in England 18 months ago, I had a running partner with natural speed. By training with him, I ran the best times of my life. I ran a 10 mile race at 7:32 pace. I ran a 10K race at 7:18. And four months after returning to the States, I ran my marathon PR. Time to get back to and hopefully surpass that level.
Resolution #1 and #2: Add speed to my endurance. Run a half-marathon and marathon PR.
Second, become an ultra marathoner. I love trails and hills and I work at them. Running seven, eight, ten hours actually sounds like fun to me. I completed one ultra last year, but want to do four-five. In my mind, you need to run four before you can say, “I am an ultra runner”. I didn’t call myself a marathon runner until #4 was under my belt. As it was with marathons, it shall be with ultras.
Resolution #3: Run at least 3 ultra marathons.
Third, continue to give back to the sport. I volunteered at three races in 2008. I write the monthly newsletter for my club. I am on the Board Of Directors of the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. I really enjoy this part of my life. I would like to somehow get involved with getting younger people running. I don’t know how to do it yet, but I’d like to figure it out. I plan to become an RRCA certified coach. Seems like a good first step. I hear about folks who set up running clubs for youth. I would like to at least explore such a thing. Haven’t started on this in any way yet.
Resolution #4 and #5: Explore how to give back more to the community. Become an RRCA Certified Coach.
Fourth, I’d like to create an online community for runners who read running books. Call it a book club for runners. As mentioned many times in this blog, I read almost as much as I run. In fact, I have now read every non-training running book at Barnes and Noble sans one (I know this, because I was there just last night). But, when you go to amazon.com, and you type “running” or “running training”, nothing is organized or easy to find. If a loved one wants to buy a runner something to read, it is very hard to know what is good. If a new runner wants a training guide, it is hard to know what is valuable. In the past year alone, I have read at least a dozen books on the subject, so why not use that knowledge to help people figure out what to read? I also love to chat about books. I can’t be the only one. So why not start an online book club for runners? It already has a name — which a friend came up with and I love — “The Runners’ Bookshelf”. I have been working a lot on the business plan and hope to launch in Q2 of this year.
Resolution #6 – Launch “The Runner’s Bookshelf”.
So there you have it. My 2009 resolutions. In the running part of my life, this is who I plan to become. Can’t wait to see how I do.
Happy New Year!