Happy New Year, Everybody!
This month is a time where gyms get packed to the gills with new memberships, full classes, and extra stinky man/woman sweat. Don’t believe me? Go to a Planet Fitness the first week of January.
This past year I took a rather easy approach to my running goals. I have been running races, no doubt. But there have been no goals, no focus, and, what’s worst of all: No (for the most part) running between races.
This lackadaisical approach, to half marathons, in particular, is most definitely ill-advised. Train, train, train, that is the only way to get better. So imagine my surprise when I saw my finishing time for the Philadelphia Half Marathon on November 23, 2014:
BRANDON WEI, M, ROSLYN, NY AGE: 26 CHIP TIME: 1:51:48
At this point I can relay that number in my sleep. It was a personal record. WITHOUT TRAINING. The last time I had posted a time below my standard 1:56+ time was in 2012, running a 1:52:** for the Disneyland Half–and in that half, I was in the midst of Marathon Training (for a more in-depth explanation about that whole fiasco, feel free to ask me).
So, for the remainder of 2014, I chillaxed and enjoyed a month and a half of eating
and drinking, not really doing much in terms of exercise, once spending an entire day snacking and watching all three Hobbit films (I kid you not). I came to the conclusion that for 2015, I needed a turnaround.
I just signed up with Coach Patrick Hammond of Educated Running for the second time. I have seen him mentor a great number of friends, including Carrie, to some amazing times. I had even attempted to have him coach me previously, though the failure is largely due to my lack of commitment and focus. This year, however, it’s for real.
My goal: make or break 1:45 for the Philadelphia Half Marathon. And also, keep this blog updated regularly.
I also resolve to keep this site as a way of holding myself accountable. The reason for this is that I am now also going to be involved, to a certain extent, as a mentor for other runners, and so I hope to set an example.
Here’s to a kickass 2015.