Saturday, December 29, 2007

Twenty Three Miles


Have you made your resolutions? Do you even care about making resolutions? After 46 years and more than three decades of trying to make New Years resolutions I realize this concept does not suit me. Resolutions (as defined by one on line resource) are:

1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group. Compare CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, JOINT RESOLUTION.

2. a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.
3. the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.

A formal expression of opinion or intention made…? Determining upon an action…?
I mean reeeaaally! Why does this kind of personal effort come into focus at the end of each year? It’s like imagining something life changing takes place and all of a sudden you find it necessary to adjust your priorities and “make a firm resolution to do something” Why does it takes December 31st for so many of us to reconcile?
This is what I asked myself this morning during our 23 mile training run.
Why not approach each day with a resolute attitude? Determine what I want out of every day and then my week. Set monthly and annual goals but always pay attention to each day with the same resolve I have on New Years day.
I guess my resolution is to be resolute.
I’ve got a lot of ideas, hopes, wishes and goals for 2008. My focus is always family, personal and then business (in that order of priority). Priorities will get skewed and sometimes I’m scrambling to get the right balance back. This usually happens because I allow it to happen. Granted, some things are simply out of my control but, I know most of my own failures and disappointments have come from a lack of being resolute.
I like this definition:

1. firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose or opinion.
2. characterized by firmness and determination, as the temper, spirit, actions, etc.

“Set in purpose”
Not just “having” purpose but “set” in purpose. If each day you are set in purpose (and it’s principled) then I can’t imagine a year ending with a challenge to make resolutions for the year ahead.
As I already mentioned — we ran 23 miles this morning (WOW!!!)
Congratulations to all the runners and walkers! Donna and Tim were not with us but they would be proud to know that apx. 150 individuals were out on the rail trail.
A lot of resolute souls.

Happy New Year!
Take care and be safe.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Twenty Miles

No Time to Bore Anyone

Holiday distractions abound. I’m still training but I know most of you are short of time and might not be that interested in reading my running ramblings. The 26.2 with Donna group is kicking butt. Two weeks ago part of the group participated in a short training run in Jacksonville Beach while another portion of the group ran a 5k race supporting breast cancer. Last weekend, Saturday morning (December 8) about 180 foundation runners showed up at the Baldwin Rail Trail for a mixed bag of running efforts. All runners training for the February 17 marathon and half marathon started the twenty mile run in the darkness at 6:15 am. IT WAS AWESOME!!!
Oh wait…..
You just read that and thought to yourself…. NOOOO!!!!!
Saturday morning…sleep in, comfy bed, big breakfast, read the newspaper, cleaning, etc….

Ok, I understand… no time to bore you with the details but, WE HAD A GREAT TIME!

So, a quick reference to this weeks sketch:
I’ve spent the last three weeks trying to figure out a design for the inaugural 26.2 run t-shirt. My original thought was to use runners in the final design however I never liked any of the graphic solutions. The runners in the sketch (with this post) were part of my process. Eventually I gave up on using runners for the final marathon t-shirt but I wanted to share the sketch that was developed.
Hopefully I will be able to present the final design for the shirt in the next couple weeks.

Please keep the support coming.