Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 9:03PM
Matt Volk

2011 was a great year.

Got off my ass and lost a bunch of weight.

Ran my first half marathon. Ran a pretty good time as well, which I didn't expect.

There are plenty of things to accomplish in 2012.


I basically stopped losing weight in October and coasted the rest of the year. I need to get back on track. I'd like to be under 150 lbs when I hit my one year weight loss anniversary in April. Work may be a problem, being in a hotel room in Nebraska isn't going to help things. Although I will hopefully get to eat a lot of steak in Omaha.


My first half marathon in Las Vegas in December went great. My second one is in Miami on January 29, and my training has been going very poorly. Lots of knee/hip pain when I've run indoors the past few weeks. The couple times I've run outdoors have been ok, but I really have a hard time running when it's under 40F. Yeah, I've spent almost my whole life living in cold climates and I still hate cold weather.

After the race in Miami, I want to run three or four 10k+ plus races in Chicago this year. The Soldier Field 10 mile will probably be the first one in May. I'll also probably run the rock & roll half. I haven't planned the other runs out yet.


Due to not taking much vacation the past few years, I have around 10 weeks that I can use in 2012. I really want to use at least four weeks this year. Work may get in the way, but hopefully I can use some of the time at least. Current plans are Miami for the half and a trip to be with my family at a Wisconsin Dells water park in mid-February.

I'd like to go to the somewhere warm in the spring, maybe a week in the Keys in April. Next up may be a ten day road trip to Montreal and Toronto in the summer. How early do I have to make my Joe Beef reservation? I also want to take a week off in the summer to be a Chicago tourist. I haven't done that in a very long time.


I need to finally take the P.E. exam this year. Probably won't happen until October, but I need to get it out of the way. It's been an issue at work for a while. My post law school aversion to studying isn't going to help.


Weight 1/1/2012: 156.6 lbs

Starting Weight: 181.8 lbs

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