"Lasts" for awhile…

As I sit here in my home enjoying a few last beers until June, I thought it would be good to announce that on Monday, January 19th, I will start training for my second marathon. I have decided to enter the race known as Grandma’s. This is a race in Duluth, Minnesota on June 20th.

This year I am going to be more disciplined in my training as far as eating more healthy foods and drinking less alcohol during training. As part of that effort, I am going to do three things.

First, I am giving up drinking beer while in training. Don’t get me wrong….I love drinking beer, but it won’t help me train better for a marathon. It also helps me keep my gut (which I am trying so hard to get rid of).

The second thing I am going to do is lift weights at least two times a week. I think this will help be a stronger runner and it should certainly help me burn more fat both during my runs and while I am resting.

Finally, I am going to eat more healthy foods. I have ordered multi-vitamins for training and I am trying to eat more fruits and vegetables. To help me do this, I have order a beverage called mix1. (www.mix1life.com) I ordered the blueberry vanilla flavor. I am hoping that this will contribute to my overall nutrional health. Overall, I am going to pay more attention to what I am eating.

I am both excited and nervous about training for a second marathon. This is definitely a big committment over the next five months. I have never signed up for a race and not completed it. I have no reason to believe that my trend will stop with this race. I encourage you to check out the marathon website —> http://www.grandmasmarathon.com/ . The next 5 months will certainly be interesting and hopefully a lot of fun as well.

Looking for a new theme

Just a quick note – I am looking for a new tumblr theme. I don’t have time to create my own, so I’ll be google searching for ideas. If you find a cool theme, drop me a line and send me the link. I’m also going to add a feature that will display the “tags” on each post if I can find that on google.

New Feature Added

I quickly added a new feature – comments! This seems like something that should have been included on the tumblr platform, but they left out. Hopefully as the the blog grows, people will actually leave comments. Right now, I am just working on getting content posted on a regular basis.

Warming up for 2009 training season….

I must admit getting back into the swing of training for races has been more difficult than past years. I left the country on a much needed overseas adventure to India (I plan on writing about this in an upcoming post) for 20 days, 3 of which were spent in New York City recovering from jet lag and catching up with friends. Once I returned from India, I spent a day at the office and headed to Iowa for the holidays. I spent 4 days in Iowa and returned to Minneapolis, where I became extremely ill with stomach cramps. Needless to say, I took it easy for the next two days and came back in to the office. By then it was New Year’s eve. Originally, I was thinking about doing something because it would be my first New Year’s eve in Minneapolis, instead, I wanted to take it easy on my body and not partake in excessive festivities.

Out of the entire month of December, I ran a grand total of 1 day (New Year’s eve). I proceeded to run on January 1st and 2nd as well to start warming up for my 2009 training plans. I intend to continue warming up with 3-4 miles runs during this week and possibly into next week and then start training for a marathon. I also want to add weight lifting back into the routine.

I am not yet sure which marathon I will be doing. I have some ideas and have narrowed it down to 2 or 3 possible choices. I do know that the race has to be in May or June and that I want to run a half marathon as part of the training.

Another new training thing for me will be the elimination of the consumption of beer while I am training for the marathon. Don’t get me wrong, I like beer alot. The problem is that it does not contribute to my overall fitness. I want to see what happens to my body when I able to eliminate beer for a substantial amount of time.

Overall, I am about 34 seconds off my 8min/mile pace. Not that I plan on running this pace in actually races, but I would like to get back to be able to run 6 miles in 48 minutes. Running at a 8:34min/mile pace isn’t bad considering I didn’t run for 30 days in December. For right now, I will have to be content with that.

Welcome and Happy 2009!

Welcome to my blog, Tim’s Adventures! I have a lot of interests that I will likely blog including running, traveling, digital photography, gadgets, finance/rewards and current events. I’m going to use this as a place to write down thoughts on those topics and make major announcements. In fact, I’ll be making a major announcement next week, so stay tuned.

I do want to wish everyone a belated Happy 2009. I meant to launch my blog on New Year’s day, but my intentions were scuttled by other priorities such as cleaning and trying to recover from an illness.

Briefly, looking back at 2008, I was able to accomplish some significant things –

  • Running my first full marathon in San Diego
  • Getting my first professional promotion
  • Getting another professional certification
  • Paying off more student loans in full
  • Taking a trip to India and Experiencing an Indian/Hindu wedding
  • Staying connected with friends and family.

I am very excited about 2009. I have a few things that I would like to accomplish –

  • Learning a foreign language (preferably Chinese)
  • Running my second marathon
  • Paying off more loans (car and student loans)
  • Taking another overseas trip
  • Joining a soccer league
  • Eating healthy more often
  • Learning how to use a digital SLR camera.

These are only a few things that I want to do in 2009. I know 2009 is going to be infinitely better than 2008. Whatever your goals for 2009 may be, good luck in the pursuit of those achievements.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will find my future posts informative and enjoyable.

Tim