- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 5, 2003

CAPE COD, Mass. It's five days into the new year, and do you know where your resolutions went?
You can find mine washed away by the incessant rains. This week I took up swimming; now I just need to find a pool. I also took up mud wrestling. The mud won, beat me at Burke Lake Park on New Year's Day.
Frustrated, I went back to my roots in New England this weekend, preferring to run in knee-deep snow rather than knee-deep puddles. It was the perfect plan, until I got here and found out that it doesn't snow much on the Cape.
It rains.
And it rains with 30 mph dis-gusting winds. Thankfully, there are plenty of large sheltered parks and wildlife refuges here. Thankfully, tourists only love the Cape in the summer. Thankfully, it is quiet here in the winter.
The solitude gave me time to ponder my 10 goals for 2003. So here we go.
To knock off 10 unwanted pounds by cutting out sweets and fried food.
To set the masters world record in the 800 by running 1:48.
To beat Alan Webb in a mile run when he is not injured.
To survive a 5K road race in less than 15 minutes, on a measured course.
To become flexible enough to touch my toes without bending my knees.
To develop something called "an upper body."
To emulate Jhoon Rhee and do 1,000 situps a day.
To consistently run two hill workouts a week.
To avoid confrontation with idiot drivers on at least one workout a month.
To avoid confrontation with idiot dog owners on area running trails.
Just kidding, folks. This is more like it:
To eat sweets and fried foods and feel guilty about sporting my growing spare tire.
To be happy if I can run the 600 in 1:48.
To get Alan Webb to give me a one-lap headstart in the mile.
To survive a 5K road race at any pace.
To be able to touch my knees without passing out from the pain.
To lift a 10-pound grocery bag and not be sore the next day.
To watch Jhoon Rhee do his 1,000 situps a day.
To define what a hill is.
To do all my workouts on the trails where cars are prohibited.
To forget running on the trails and stay solely on the track.
Lest you think I have a negative attitude, don't we all at some time or another? During races or long runs, when it really starts to hurt. During workouts, when you are drained and there is one more 400-meter interval left to run.
We all could use an attitude adjustment, and I don't mean a drinking session. I mean a Washington RunHers seminar featuring Jennifer Lager, a licensed clinical psychologist.
She will discuss negative thinking styles and how negative thinking adversely affects sport performance. She promises to help participants identify their own specific styles of negative thinking and how they can develop an understanding of why these negative thoughts seem to occur during training or competition.
Be there tomorrow at 7p.m. at the Charles Beatley Library in Alexandria.
Lager also is an expert in anger management. Sign me up for that seminar.
Cherry Blossom sold out
The 2003 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run, scheduled for April6, reached its 7,000-runner limit Dec.31.
Longest marathon victory
It took American Magdalena Lewy exactly eight months to win the 2002 UPMC/City of Pittsburgh Marathon.
Lewy placed second at the May5 event, running 2:36:48. Violetta Kryza of Poland, the first woman to cross the finish line, was disqualified Jan.4 and suspended for two years following a positive drug test.
Prize money for Lewy, 29, from Berkeley, Calif., was increased to $10,000 when she was declared overall champion in addition to winning honors as the top American entrant.

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