For a while now, I’ve been planning to post about my specific running goals for 2009, but then I realized how much those goals resembled resolutions, so I backed off. Although I still have them in the back of my mind, I’ve simplified them to the following slightly generalized statement:
It’s nice and straightforward. It also pretty much sets the bar so low that only a mouse could limbo under it.
I’m perfectly fine with that.
In order to encourage me to obtain said running goal, I’ve decided to create a motto for myself. And no, I’m not stealing this idea from Frayed Laces even though it looks like I am. I’ve been thinking about creating a motto since December. So there.
No excuses, just getter done.
No more avoiding speed work. If I want to get faster, I need to train faster. There’s no other way to go about it. Overall I want to run fewer junk miles and more miles with a purpose, as per Steve’s advice. I’d also like to get back to cross-training to round out my general fitness and to help prevent running injuries. I
My new motto is also applicable to other areas of my life. In particular, it’s the central focus for my PhD work for the next year and a half. I want to finish my dissertation, and thus my degree, by the summer of 2010 so that I can finally finally get a teaching job. One that actually pays money and has benefits. Of course, I’ll be finishing amidst a recession which is pretty much wiping out jobs in my field left and right. Surprisingly, archaeologists aren't in high demand at most universities. They prefer to hire instructors for useless fields like engineering and computer science instead.
Thankfully my standards are so low, I’ll take up a teaching post just about anywhere I can get one. Yes, even Idaho. I’m still on the fence about Nebraska though. That one’s a toughie.
Speaking of mottos and states (poor segue, I know), can I just say how much I adore the hardcore attitude of my home state’s motto, Live Free or Die? Seriously, my people are crazy about their freedom, but mostly just plain crazy. I love that.
I looked at a list of state mottos and snickered when I read Maryland’s (Manly deeds, womanly words) and West Virginia’s (Mountaineers are always free). Really, West Virginia? If that’s the case, I’ll take two.
So, do any of you have a personal motto? Does it trump mine? If so, can I
Have a great week, everyone. Catch up with you later.
- - - - - - - - - -
I ran 7 miles on Sunday. Yay for finally getting off my ever expanding ass!