One could write a million different reasons, excuses, stories, etc. to explain the lapse in a blog. Rather than dwell on what didn’t happen or should have happened, I can tell you that I (like many around the world) decided to capitalize on the change of calendar year to motivate myself back into the condition and mental state of being that I enjoyed a couple years ago.
This challenge I posed for myself was to up my commitment to training which includes at least 100km per week, at least 50 pushups per day, and pullups when I have access to my gym at work. In addition to the physical challenge, I also decided to learn German. My goal is to study at least 30 minutes per day. I find that by challenging the area of the mind that is associated with language acquisition, it seems to knock the cobwebs out of the brain in general. The great thing is that with today’s technology, I’m able to do German lessons while running.
To bring us forward to today, I have run every single day since January 2nd. I’ve done my German lessons all but two days this year. I’m on to level 2 of Pimsleur’s German. If you’ve never used Pimsleur for learning a language, I highly recommend it. There’s an entire science behind the method used to both actively and passively acquire the language. Many times I’m prompted to recall a word or phrase and miraculously it comes to me–all because of doing their daily 30 minute audio lesson. Beyond the language, I’ve done my pushups all but 4 days this year and the pullups have been done every day I’ve had access to my gym at work.
The good part of all this dedication is that I’ve regained much of my focus. In the past month I’m averaging over 140km/week. I even ran 50km for the first time since Bandera in January 2016. And as an added bonus, I’m down 9kg since December.
The truth of it all is that I am not sure where all of this is headed this year. I’d like to just keep these simple challenges going all year long. Most certainly I will need to change things up here and there to avoid monotony but a year straight of dedication and consistency would be an amazing feat for me personally.
Finally, I decided it’s time to resurrect this blog from the dead and use it to share my experiences once again. If it can help/motivate/reach at least one other person, I would be quite happy.