2011: Running Resolutions in Review

admin | February 3, 2011 in Endurance,Running | Comments (5)

I’ve fallen into that trap before.  Placed the bar too high right out of the gun.  Made a big noise.  Determined how I was gonna change the world – (at least, MY world) – shouted it from the rooftops, and then watched it wash away in a swirl of uncontrolled zeal and “not-quite-thought-out” ambitions.

This year…yeah, I set some new goals;  I just got busy before I got noisy.  Figured I’d use January to try and sharpen my training goals a bit…and then share ‘em.


I’ve raced twice this year already.  The first was a “kick off the year” five-miler in Texas on New Year’s Day; the second was a pretty encouraging half marathon among many of my rockin’ friends at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon.

But that’s racing.  I did say training.  I want to get out every day.  Period.  It feels good to get moving, and while there will be a minimum expectation, I’ll push that up through the year.  Most days will be running, but some will be on a bike, some might be a good walk on a recovery day…but always something.  That’s the plan.

My friends John “The Penguin” Bingham and Jenny Hadfield helped that along with their “100 Days Challenge” campaign.  Basically, they have asked their endurance friends to make a commitment to take on some kind of activity for at least thirty minutes every day.  I don’t think I needed that hammer to meet my personal goals, but I’m using it to keep myself honest on less motivated days.  It works.



This, I’m awful at.  It’s because I can cheat, or I think I can.  I have a well-used Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS watch that archives the basics of my running history – locations, times, distances – so I think I’m keeping up.  But it’s not true.  I forget cross-training days that aren’t in my watch, I fail to record terrain or necessary aches and pains for tracking, and I threaten to toss myself under the bus of hypocrisy as I ask the Team McGraw athletes we coach to “always keep a log” so we can help them track their progress and meet their goals.

Currently, my training log is completely current beginning January 1, 2011.



Yeah.  I know.  I know.  I’ve got uncompleted stories to finish.  Training “Aha!” moments to share so you might avoid the potholes I’ve stepped in.  There’s new music coming, marathon miles to run, musical miles to measure, and a backpack full of photos and “maybe they care” anecdotes from other travels and “I can’t sit still” adventures.

So I will do better.  My training is on track, my running log is current, and now, I need to get my blog pumping.

Oh, wait…I just did that.  Cool.  (Points the cursor to publish.)


5 Responses to “2011: Running Resolutions in Review”

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  1. Comment by Barbara — February 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm  

    But where’s the “Like” button? (LOL) You’re only one person, McMahon; you’re doing just fine. Glad you’re back filling us in. We all enjoy listening to your stories and seeing your pictures. See ya April 10. Take care; keep on runnin’!

  2. Comment by Kathy — February 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm  

    Jeff, you never cease to amaze me! You are one heck of a human being! Thanks for the updates on everything musically, running, TMF…all of it. We appreciate you taking the time to keep us informed and motivated! Keep on doing what you do, you my friend do it well!!!! God bless!!!

  3. Comment by KevinFebruary 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm  

    Welcome back Road Dog! YES… we want to hear those stories and lessons from the road… the road covered by tour bus and by running shoes!

  4. Comment by Christine — February 4, 2011 at 1:38 am  

    Good to have you back writing your blog, Jeff! Sounds like you’re already off to a great start to the new year with your training, running, and now writing. Just remember to be safe, and slap those Yaktrax on the bottom of your running shoes when you do hit the icy trails! Thanks for being a good role model, and inspiration to so many. And as always, Ya Gotta Believe!

  5. Comment by Stacy — March 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm  

    OK McMahon! Just checking in on ya… so is your log still current? It’s now into March and by previous “posts” I’ve read from ya you have been one busy fella- this would make your log quite extensive by now I’m sure! I’m still trying to “run” and get better at it (mainly need to be tougher at pushing myself when I get winded is more like it). In addition, I’m still continuing my P90X routine daily, which is brutal at times (note: I hate push-ups!) If only I was as tough as the Road Dog Runner! Well, looking forward to more blogs, posts & photos from ya hun! Taker easy McMahon! Ah, who am I kidding? You take it easy… ain’t gonna happen!

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