January 14, 2017 Journal: Happy Belated New Year!

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To become a master at any skill, it takes the total effort of your heart, mind, and soul working together in tandem.

MAURICE YOUNG

Greetings Family & Friends,

I hope everyone been well last year and having a great start to 2017.  It’s been almost 6 months since my last post.  I don’t know where to begin with what happened for the last 6 months.  All I can say is that it has been the very best year in my life and with my family.  We did so much the last 6 months then we did then the last 3 years.  From taking family vacations through Alberta and the Okanagan area to doing 10 races last year.

This year I already did a short 5 KM run, the Running Room Resolution Run, on Jan 1st.  It was with my wife and my running buddy, Shalyn.  Just to kick off the year and have a nice jacket to go with it.  Two days later, I joined the Running Room Marathon Clinic with Shalyn’s husband, Sam.  Already wrapping up the 2nd week of a 18 week journey today.  Learned so much and met a few friends at the store.  Though it’s the winter season and we had snow fall a lot more compared to last season, having friends that enjoy running makes you forget the cold.

November 13th was my last race, the Fall Classic (21.1 KM), and I stopped training 2 weeks after that when I decided I wasn’t going to do another race.  Last December was the first time I took it easy compared to 2014 & 2015.  Now I’m feeling it and running off my pace for about 90 seconds from my pace every kilometer.  I do have a race this coming 22nd, The Chilly Chase Half Marathon.  I know I won’t be able to repeat under 2 hrs like I did at the Fall Classic & the RMH Boundary Bay Half on Nov 6th.  My competitive side would like to push my body beyond it’s current capabilities.  It’s just how I am even if I can best avoid it by staying active every week.

With the Running Room Clinic, I’m looking to compete in my 1st FULL Marathon (42.2 KM) on May 7th.  I also started a 5 week session with Focus T25 Alpha round workouts.  I’m going to take it easy and not overwhelm my body like I’ve done in the past. Consistency is the key and being injured and fatigue won’t do any good for me.  Will also be going on the 21 Day Fix eating plan again.  It’s time to hit my ideal weight goal of 150 lbs that has been outstanding for over a year. I’m won’t be killing myself over weight gained from a huge loss.  I’m focused on losing .5 – 1 lbs per week.  I started the year at 185 lbs and wanna end the month at 181 lbs.

I will try to post more often this year than last year.  It’s for me to stay accountable again with my goals but also reflect on how much fun I’ll be having this year than last year.  There is no point in training this hard if you can celebrate your accomplishments and simply just having fun.  It’s just setting me up to taking longer off days.  Building good habits and consistency is my primary goal in posting again.  If these posts helps someone reach their goals or simply sparks a flame then that is just bonus for me.  Have an amazing like and journey!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family

http://www.ryanjarata.com

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