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Warmer weather brings out motivation

March 11, 2014 - Andy Heintz
Wasn’t today just wonderful. No snow, no rain, no winter coats.

My 15-month-old daughter was loving not having to put on her coat before we went outside.

And with the change in temperature comes motivation.

I am planning on running the Drake 10K, the Dam to Dam and the Des Moines Marathon (I hope) in the coming months.

I have learned the past 15 months that training with a new child to tend to isn’t always easy. I play dad during the day and sports writer at night so when the daughter is sick, I am sick, too, essentially.

I can’t drop her off with the Gold’s Gym daycare when she is ill. And I don’t really want to. I feel bad for her and want to help her but I also know that every day that I miss is one day that puts me behind the eight ball on training.

My first order of business is to knock off a few pounds.

When I was at my best, I ran the 2012 Dam to Dam in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 50 seconds. That was when I weighed under 220. Right now, because of the fact that I eat at weird times during the day and because I can’t get to the gym as much as I want, I am up around 235.

So peeling away a few extra layers will be what I attack first. But running is fun to me. I turn on my rock music and get into my own little world.

It’s because of that, that I feel like the training will come easy. I just need to do it.

My goals for this year’s races are as follows:

Drake 10K – I did it in just under an hour last year when I didn’t train very much. This year, with a little bit more training, I would think 55 minutes is doable.

Dam to Dam – I want to beat my previous record of 1:44.50 but I am not sure that is possible this year. I really have to exceed my initial Dam to Dam time of 2:24 though. That is something I have to do. The course is different this year. The distance was a 20K but now is a true half marathon.

Des Moines Marathon – I have never ran a marathon so if I get to the point where I feel like I can run it, I won’t worry about time. I will worry about crossing the finish line. If I have to run the Des Moines Half again, then I will go for a time better than this past year, which was around 2:34.

It’s time to get after it. I have said that a lot lately. But it is now or never for me. That’s all there is to it.


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