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It begins...again...

We are into our second full week of 2021. And "Quitters Day" has already come and gone.

The second Friday in January is known as Quitters Day as it is the most likely day for people to give up on their new year resolutions. Research conducted by Strava, the social network for athletes, has discovered that the second Friday in January was the fateful day when most quitters motivations may begin to falter.

By analysing over 31.5 million global January activities, Strava was able to pinpoint the second Friday in January as “Quitters' Day”.

This year, the second Friday fell on January 8, just one week into the New Year.

For me, since I am always on the go, I rarely make resolutions. If I do, it is usually something like, "be a better friend," or "be a better spouse, parent, child".

Since it is past Quitters Day, for me it is actually "Time to Get A Move On" Day! I have finalized my race calendar for the year, and now it is time to "Get A Move On".

The BHAG is 222 days away, but before that, and less than 100 days away is the Fort Hill Brewery Half Marathon. I was supposed to run this last year...but we all know what happened last year.

I have never done a full marathon before, and I anticipate never doing a stand alone marathon. My first (and probably only) marathon will be when I finish the bike leg at Ironman Mont Tremblant and start running.

But I kinda like half marathons. They definitely push me out of my comfort zone. Having done several 10 mile races, as well as half marathons, I definitely prefer the 10 milers. There is something about the last 5k that kicks my ass. But in a good way.

My goal is still to break the 2 hour mark. My last race, the Portsmouth, NH Half, I was so close...2:01:04. So, so close, but oh so far away.

It is still my goal, but I'm not quite as optimistic as I was 3 years ago.

I am a completely different person.

But, today is Day 1 of training for the race. Strength training was on tap. And now that I have dug out the Bowflex, I spent 45 minutes "pumping iron". And some squats.

I'll be running with my 2 running friends. They are significantly younger than me, which pushes me...a lot. I cannot keep up with them, especially when they start talking. I swear they go faster when they talk.

I hang on for dear life, then slowly fade away.

But its ok. They keep me grounded. They are always encouraging me. And even wait for me during training runs.

I get back at them when we go ride our bikes.

They also hold me accountable, and have a plan of attack. If anyone can keep me in line with training (other than my coach that I am paying to hold me accountable), it is these 2 remarkable women!

I've also contacted my triathlon coach, and we are on track for when the IM training starts again.

In the meantime, I will focus on training for this half marathon.

The New and Improved year of the BHAG is underway!

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