It’s 2018. A brand new day, a brand new year.
I love thinking about and setting goals for the short and long term.
Here are some of the big ones for me:
BQ or BUST.
Of course, this one is to be expected. It is the name of this blog after all. But seriously, I need to make it happen this year. I need to end it. The Buffalo Bills just ended a 17 year playoff drought and similarly I need to end a 35 year BQ drought. Granted, I’ve only been running for so many years but you get the point. I’d really love to get this monkey off my back. I knew it was a stretch for it to go down in 2017. I knew I had no chance in 2016. But something feels right about finally getting that BQ in 2018. “If you believe it, you can achieve it.”
I’ve talked about this a little bit and it remains a goal of mine. I tend to obsess over one thing and it becomes my singular focus. I’d really like to be better balanced as a person. My goals in life are to be the best father I can be. To be the best husband I can be. To be a good friend. To be a good son. To be a good employee. To be a good runner. I think I’m decent at all of these most of the time but I tend to be really good (or really focused, I should say) on one of them until I move onto the next. 2018 is the year I conquer better balance.
Stronger, not lighter.
2017 was a year where I tested the theory: lighter = faster. I think it applies in certain situations (like if you’re 180lbs, and roughly 10-15lbs overweight, getting down to 165 could make a big difference). But for me, that is not the case. I ate incredibly healthy for a period of time and got down to a weight where I felt weak. Since the bod pod test, I’ve packed on some weight and feel better about my goal of getting stronger. I have this out-there theory that I’m fortunate where my body puts on muscle rather easily and if I just tried a bit more in that category, I could see results. I’ve always been “skinny jacked” – a phrase I’ve coined for those who show more muscle because they’re so dang skinny. I’d like to actually develop a little more upper body muscle and not feel like I have a wimpy chest.
Full body strength
As kind of a follow-up to that, I really want to be consistent with a strength routine of some kind and my goal right now is to follow Jay Dicharry’s program (in his new book) with some degree of consistency. All it takes is 3 times a week (20 minutes a session) for his program and that sounds doable to me. It could lead to a big breakthrough (it could for most), in my opinion (this I believe x 1000000). I love his new book and I think he explains it all so well. My biggest issue is perfecting how to do the movements in his plan. It takes good form and that’s something I’ll have to practice a lot of. I’m so terrible at trying these movements.
Solve my stomach issues
My GI issues are no secret. I still struggle with them to this day. This will be the year I figure out how to fully manage the situation. The other week when my runs were being interrupted on a daily basis – I couldn’t deal with it. It’s embarrassing having to note in every single run to Coach that “hey, that pause after mile 2 was me using the restroom.” It’s normal to happen every once in a while but not every run. And I’ve experimented and tried a lot of things but I’ve finally set something up with a specialist to talk about the issue. I admit that here in an effort to be as transparent as possible on this blog. For now though, I have some tricks up my sleeve that help me avoid Code Brown on some days. It’s when my routine is thrown off is when I struggle the most.
Continue the path of good eating
I recently had my blood drawn to be analyzed by the fine folks at Inside Tracker. My dude Jonathan Levitt strongly recommended the Ultimate Plan so that I did and I’m anxious to see my results. I hope to maximize this opportunity and find out what I’m lacking and learn from it. I made huge strides this year learning about what is good food and what is bad food and what works well for me. Again, it comes back to being better balanced in this area. I’ve done the ultra healthy style and I’ve also binged on pizza & wings & sweets. A little moderation goes a long way.
Be a better blogger
Blogging is hard. It’s an outdated way of communicating in this day and age, it feels like (side note: I’ve been trying to use Twitter/Instagram story more for training updates). But I think it has its place and just because it’s not the most popular method doesn’t mean I have to give up on it. Sometimes you can spend hours penciling a piece only to receive 1 comment. But I’m not doing it for that reason. I’m doing it to become a better writer, to learn from previous mistakes and it’s my form of therapy sometimes. Don’t get me wrong – this blog has built up a nice amount of followers and every time someone new subscribes via email, I get excited. When I first started this, I wrote every single day and tried my hardest to keep it entertaining. But over time I realized it wasn’t sustainable. Again, I won’t use that as an excuse to not write. I hope to continue to write as often as I can and deliver worthwhile content. I thank you for following along and hope you can pull something meaningful from this blog.
Here’s to a great 2018. On a personal level, 2017 was the most challenging year of my life. But my wife and I not only survived it, we came out stronger from the many road blocks in our way. I learned a lot about keeping the faith, staying strong in your weakest moments and believing that the best is yet to come. In my heart of hearts, I believe 2018 will be a fantastic year. Let’s make it happen..