The Year Ain’t Over Yet Folks!

Tonight I’m feeling a little bit guilty and frustrated because I decided to skip my 14 mile long run today. There is no reasonable explanation or excuse (I hate excuses anyway). I just didn’t do it. :-(

I’m pretty much in the peak of my training plan now when it comes to the Dopey Challenge and on the weekends we need to do two long runs back to back to build up our mileage. It’s the most important part of the week. Actually, EVERY training run at this point in the game is important because when it comes to Dopey it’s all about miles, miles, miles and more miles. You are pretty much training for an ultra-marathon that’s spread over four days.

Oh well, it is what it is…and the only thing left for me to do now is keep moving on!!

With that in mind, I wanted to outline my goals for the rest of the year. I just finished reading The Power of Less by Leo Babauta and it’s really helped to put things into perspective for me. I was also inspired by Matt Frazier’s recent post to Make December Your Best Month Yet. It all totally makes sense, and I’m determined to finish 2013 STRONG! After all, that’s what champions do!!

These are the things I will be focusing on as we close out the year:

1. Complete the requirements for my RRCA certification. Last week I attended the class in Ann Arbor (which was totally awesome BTW!). Now I just need to take the exam and obtain my First Aid/CPR certification which I have on my schedule to do this week.

RRCA Ann Arbor Certification Class

2. Do every single run on my Dopey Challenge training schedule. If I’m serious about finishing this four-day event injury free I can’t afford to miss any more training runs. Period. According to my schedule I should have 167 miles logged before the end of the month. So that’s the goal!!

3. Be super-picky about my TV time. I’m not going to watch any television other than football (MSU Spartans and Detroit Lions), the Duck Dynasty Christmas special, and the new episode of Gold Rush on Friday nights. I typically don’t watch a lot of TV but for some reason it’s really been sucking me in lately, especially during the evening hours. It’s affecting my productivity (and my attitude) so that needs to STOP!! I will allow myself one or two indulgences during the week but that’s it.

4. I will re-establish a consistent blogging schedule. 2-3 times per week has always worked well for me. I think this is totally do-able, especially when you take into account the fact that I will be watching less television. :-)

So, those are MY goals for the rest of the year. What will YOU be focusing on?? Please post your thoughts in the comments section below.

Amanda is a 2-Star Diamond Beachbody Coach, retired Licensed Veterinary Technician and RRCA certified running coach. Her geekiness is legendary and is most proud of the fact she finally found a way to turn her passions for running, fitness, nutrition, writing, and pets into a full-time business that now helps others get off the couch and get after their dreams. Proverbs 3:5-6


  1. lisa d says

    I was just thinking that I need to cut out t.v. time lol. But you’re absolutely right I want to finish 2013 STRONG and go into 2014 just as strong or maybe stronger…. you rock :)