Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!!!

My RUNNING GOALS are simple for 2014. Here they are:

  • Lose the weight I gained in 2013, so I can run more efficiently. 
  • Run the Resolution Run faster than 2012 (and faster than a 12:00 pace)
  • Complete the Tough Mudder Run in April (Norcal)
  • Complete the Rum Run 10K in May
  • Complete (run/walk) the Vancouver HM in June


  • Be able to do 25 chest to ground pushups
  • Be able to do at least one true pull-up/chin-up
  • Weigh 154 
  • Run 6 miles without getting heart rate to 178
  • Get body fat down to 31%
  • Run a 5K with a pace of 10:28 or better

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013: A year of BIG Dreams and HUGE setbacks

In 2012, I met 7 of my 10 goals.

In 2013, I met 2 of my 17 goals.

The difference was my career change. And what a change it was!!! I went from a Monday-Friday 40 hour job in an office cubicle, to a 60-73 hours a week job as a railroad conductor.

I worked that job March through September and had to cancel most of my races. A few were kind enough to transfer my registration to 2014 races. After that I had been diagnosed with a large complex cyst and told to NOT RUN for 4 weeks. That didn't help either.

I gained 10 pounds since last New Years, and a total of17 pounds since my Half Marathon in October 2012 (14 months ago).

But - this year was the most rewarding year career wise, I have ever had. Even though I had to quit due to medical limitations, and suffered depression for months after, I would still do it all over again. I loved every day I worked on the railroad and that is NOT an exageration. There were days I was tired, and even a bit stressed. But I still smiled EVERY day at work. Not many people can say they ever had a job like that.

I will regain my fitness. It's all good.