I wrote this goal over 5 years ago, long before I knew I would move to the Napa Valley. Finally, after seeing balloons fly over my neighborhood for two years, we scheduled our own flight. And it was amazing to see my home and my neighbors down below. Truly unique experience, since we are fortunate to live here where ballooning is a way of life!
smoothrunner99's Life List
1. compete in a triathlon
2. go to church more often
3. Get promoted to VP at my company
4. volunteer in the community
5. Be debt free
6. run 50 marathons in 50 states
7. write a book and have it published
8. volunteer for a charity
9. hike the Grand Canyon
10. Become a better public speaker
11. teach a class
12. improve my handwriting
13. Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef
14. learn to type
15. Bench press my own weight
16. Visit Alaska
17. register to be a bone marrow donor
18. go to the super bowl
19. open my own bar
20. Build and maintain a plan for my blogs
How I did it: I worked really hard all winter at keeping up with Pfitzinger's up to 70 miles per week plan. Most of my miles were on the treadmill, which has always been a psychological barrier in the past. I am astounded when I look back at my 72-mile week, which took place all on my home treadmill - and including some amazing pace runs. Read how I did it…
I have committed to start a Running Club in my community.
Here is the website:
I am really excited about this goal, advocating and teaching running and launching this community organization.
This is a big challenge. I have a lot of leadership skills that I can bring to such an endeavor, and I know there is an appetite for this club in the community.
I am ready to run a sub-3-hour marathon. I am trained up. I am mentally prepared. All of my training indicators are there. I ran a sub 1:25 marathon on a treadmill just last week.
I have busted my butt the past 15 weeks. I have been running 60-70 mile weeks in the dead of the Chicago winter. OK, a lot of these miles have been on the treadmill.
Nevertheless, I am going to crush my PR at this marathon.
This is it. I am 33 years and in the best running shape of my life. I have a 9 month old daughter and do not have much more time to devote to this sub-3-hour goal.
I need to finish out the program and be absolutely prepared on race day, which is less than 3 weeks off.
I will run a 2:59 or better in Austin on February 15th, 2009.