It’s good to have goals. It’s even better to follow through on those goals. January 1st is usually the time to set a goal (“New Years Resolution”). This year for a New Years Resolutions I chose to set a personal goal that would take me months to complete. I want to complete my first half marathon. Recently I set a professional goal of completing my MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer). I need a place to track my progress ups for both goals. I’ve decided that I’m going to use my blog which usually sits idol for months at a time to share my progress and hold myself accountable. The first post in this series I want to share where I’m at today.
Complete a half marathon… WOW This seams like it’s going to be impossible to be prepared to run 13.1 miles. I’m considering 3 half marathons Lake Country on September 1st, Prairie State on October 6th, and Schaumburg Half Marathon at Thanksgiving time.
I’m still consider myself a beginner runner. I’ve run a 4 5k (Sept 2010, July 2011, 2- Nov. 2011) all of which I did very minimal training before hand. My times were as follows
|September 2010||Lake Villa Township 5k||41:34.7 13:25|
|July 4, 2011||Antioch Freedom Run 5k||44:11 14:14 HOT DAY!!|
|November 2011||Long Grove Turkey Trot 5k||
|November 2011||Schaumburg Turkey Trot 5k||
|February 12, 2012||North Shore Cupid’s Love Dash||recovering from pneumonia didn’t run|
|March 25, 2012||Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8k||2 weeks away|
WOW, I finally have all my race times in one place and I can see that overall my pace has been slowly getting faster. On January 31st I was diagnosed with pneumonia. It took me about 4 weeks to recover enough to start running again. I have not done a lot of running in the last 2 weeks. The only consistent thing I have done is hiked 3 for ~3 miles each time. I know I can complete the 8k but I know I will be running and walking.
To track my personal goals I will blog once a week with an update of how my running is going.
On September 19, 2011 I returned to the work force after being home raising my children for 12 years. Before returning to work I had a goal to pass the Mircosoft’s .NET 3.5 certification test. I took the test once and didn’t pass. I never made it back to retake the test as that was the summer my mom sold her house and I had to help her move. Now that I’m working again it is my goal to to complete a MCPD certification. The decision I’m still trying to make is what path do I take (Sharepoint 2010 or Web Developer 4). Part of my decision depends on what’s valuable to my employer, Woodmark Technologies, Inc
Watch for future post to see how I proceed.