2017 and Me

Ah, 2017.  It’s hard for me to believe that it’s already March.  Time really is relative – a few months in time is an ever-decreasing percentage of our total lifetime, and it certainly seems to fly by now!  Many of my New Year’s Resolutions are under way, but I’ve avoided and neglected the blog.  There were many reasons for that (hosting issues, code issues, db issues), but in the end, I suppose they are really just excuses.   Normally, that might bother me – but considering how I’ve prioritized things this year, I’m really not sweating it.  In fact, I will outright state that I chose to neglect the sight because I felt it’s importance dropped significantly to other actions I am taking in my life.  Even so, I’d like to take a moment to actually get my first “real” post in for the year, and set the tone for what’s to come.  This will be a rather verbose post – and ideally, only because I’m setting the groundwork.  Future posts will have content, but will focus on specific areas (training, cooking, photography, etc.) and segment out more appropriately; however, as this is the first real blog post this year I have a lot of framework to lay and would like to blatantly and fully state my goals and intentions.

If you’ve ever visited my blog before, you will notice that all history is wiped.  Along with some database and hosting issues causing some headaches, I’ve determined that 2017 is a year where I must rebuild not only myself, but many things in my life.  As such, I’ve decided to do away with historical posts and I am starting from scratch.  There is no need for an archive or anything related to past posts, and I will not be re-hashing old data.  The only historical information that may rise again is photos that I pull into favorites/galleries, but photography in general has dropped in priority for me right now.  I did take some photos this weekend though, so perhaps in the next week or two I will have my first photo blog post for the year.  This blog has gone through a few facelifts over the years, but this time it does feel a bit different, a bit more final.  I suppose it’s because instead of trying to pull in old histories, I’m really creating a new space after all.  This is my space, I should own it – this is how I view it.

Without further ado, I’ll get down to it – starting with my New Year’s Resolutions.  I made a big list, many of it related.  At first it seemed daunting, as I wanted to challenge myself to really push through my fears and laziness.  I feel that before I can rebuild, I have to break some barriers down, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do.    Here’s the list with a bit of flavor text, along with where I currently am on each goal.

  • 1000 miles challenge (ilovetorun.org)
    • Run, walk, crawl, etc., a total of 1000 miles for the year.  We’re already in March and I feel a bit behind due to some injury downtime, but I’ve been ramping up the mileage and still think I can hit this.  I’m signed up for 2 half marathons and 1 full this year, but it’s the training where the mileage goes, and there’s going to be lots of it.
      • Where I’m at :  There’s a slight discrepancy that appears ilovetorun.org didn’t log some small workouts (I’ll need to review – could be they don’t count my swimming miles), but Runkeeper currently has me at 146.6 miles for the year.  I’m taking a couple days off of training due to IT band issues, but I am behind where I want to be.  After some light workouts my mileage will be increasing and on April 30, hardcore mode goes into effect to train for the actual half marathon.  This leaves me at ~14.7% of my goal today, and I’ll need to log on average 87 miles per month for the rest of the year.  I can absolutely do this, barring any serious injuries, so I’m stoked!  If you’d like to follow my Runkeeper, please add “KungFuRocket.”
  • 12 new recipes used
    • I love cooking, and I have lots of cookbooks.  My goal is to try at least one new recipe per month for the year, and not remain in my “comfort zone” of recipes that I’m used to making.
      • Where I’m at : So far, I’ve done two recipes (blog posts later), and will need to determine which new recipe to use this month.  This is rather interesting because nutrition is going to be a huge factor in my success (or downfall) in running. So, I’m pretty much on track but I need to ensure I remain there.
  • Complete at least one new Udemy course
    • I’ve lined up several interesting Udemy courses, but continued to delay my own progress and procrastinate, giving various excuses why, so I’m working to ensure I get the ball rolling.
      • Where I’m at : I’m currently working through two courses in tandem – SAN stuff to bolster my job info, and Python both for my job and for my own interests.  It’s rather interesting – it’s been a while since doing anything like this, and some of it gets very familiar but a fair chunk of it feels super brand new.  Just takes time I suppose, my brain is getting old :p.  As we’re in March, and I’m 80% done with SAN, 15% done with Python, I feel like I’m on a decent pace to finish.
  • 12 blog posts for the year
    • Initially stated so I could post more regularly, I do still want to hit this number even though this is my first post, and it’s March… Regardless, I’m sure I can complete this goal, I just want to ensure my posts have legitimate content.  Since it ties into my other goals, I’m sure this will not be a problem.
      • Where I’m at : Well.. uh.. this post is blog post #1 >_>  So, I’m behind, but I’m sure I can catch up – lots to cover.
  • 2 “photo challenges” completed
    • Since photography has dropped in priority for me, I wanted to circle back and ensure I completed at least 2 photo challenges.  Most likely, these will be 30-day challenges, but any “photo challenge” will suffice. Each will result in a respective blog post.
  • 1 half marathon complete by end of July
    • I set this goal in December, 2016.  It seemed insurmountable to me, and I wanted to give myself plenty of ramp-up time to train and prepare for something of this nature – both mentally and physically.
      • Where I am at : Interestingly, I’ve already run the distance of a half marathon (back on Feb 20) after 7 weeks of running.  It was tough, and I was slow, but it was a huge psychological win knowing that I can actually do it.  So, I’ve made a modification to this goal since technically, I’ve already “completed” it just due to distance in a single run.  My goal is now not just to complete the half, but to aim for a 2:10 time or less, which is around a 10-minute mile pace.  It won’t be easy, but who wants to just achieve easy goals? 🙂
  • 3 miles within 30 minutes by end of year
    • I know I’m slow, so I wanted to aim for a 10-minute mile pace by end of year.  In my initial “runs” I was about the same speed as walking, and I thought I would never be able to do 10-minute miles for any amount of time – it was pretty embarrassing but you know what? It doesn’t matter.  Everyone has to start somewhere, right?
      • Where I am at : I surprised myself a bit here – I’ve already blown it out of the water, and it’s only March – so this one is done and then some.  I recently ran just under 6 miles at a 9:55 pace, so I’m working to extrapolate that to an entire half marathon, and that will tie into my goal just above. I’ve had a couple of “speed” runs of 2 miles at ~ 9:45 pace, and I need to continue more speedwork to increase the distance and decrease that time.  I’ve had a few 5 mile runs at about a 10:30 pace, so I think my goal is certainly do-able with the right training.  I am seeing progress and should continue to see it, provided I maintain discipline – but that 9:55 pace is most telling to me since it’s the most recent.

Anyway – I suppose that’s really it for now.  I’ve got a lot more I need to get done, but it’s nice to see that there’s been legitimate progress already and it helps boost my confidence to keep going.  I’ve got some cooking, training, and photo posts coming shortly as time allows.  Running has become my solace and my biggest priority in terms of hobbies – so if time is tight, I’ll opt for that over nearly anything else right now.

 

 

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