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Being Unremarkable

6 Jul

Wednesday, July 4th marked my second anniversary as a runner.

I ran in the 2010 Peachtree Road Race on a borrowed number.  Following that race, I started running regularly and have since completed multiple 5k and 10k races as well as two half marathons.

This year was the first year I failed to improve on my times from the prior year.  I ran thirty seconds slower (46:13 finishing time) and finished nearly 200 people later in this year’s edition than last year.

Since being young, I think I’ve chased the need to be remarkable.  I think nearly everyone does.  In high school, we are told we need to stand out to attract the college admission we want.  In college, we need to differentiate to gain access to the best job.  After college, we do the same to try and gain promotions at work.

Outside of work, we compete for possessions and friends.  My dedication to running the past two years probably was another attempt to find some aspect of my life to be exceptional.

However, not everyone can be extraordinary.

In truth, I’m probably an average runner (despite my finishing times).  More than ever though, I’m accepting being less than exceptional in the view of the world.

What I do at work will never cure the problems of our country, or the world.  But for the people I work with, I can create contributions that help them be more successful and help our company find new success.

What I did as a soccer coach didn’t stand out.  My teams weren’t anymore successful than any team we played against and they lost more than they won.  But perhaps in the several seasons I coached I showed parents and children a great youth soccer experience.

With my own sons, I can’t claim to have created two great athletes.  I have fostered a love of sport that for their ages is fairly deep and hopefully will endure (or will transfer to other arenas).

Success is relative to the goals you set.  I’ve felt directionless lately in my health and fitness quest.  While I’ve maintained my Paleo diet, I’ve cut back on running and missed a lot of weightlifting sessions since April 1st.  In hindsight I know my goals have been foggy and without good definition.

I don’t know where I want my weightlifting and training to take me – but I need to figure it out to get back on track.

Opening the Running Season

27 Apr

Yesterday I started my Spring and Summer running season.

It had been a month since I last attempted to run.  While on business travel to Asheville, I tried to get a run in but failed due to a combination of lack of daylight, familiarity with the area, and lack of sidewalks or shoulders to use.

Previously I had run one run more than five miles this calendar year, and that was just after the first of the year.

Yesterday marked sixty-nine days until the Peachtree Road Race – one of the largest 10k races nationally and the biggest event in the Atlanta running community.  I won my lottery place into the race back in March – and with my qualifying time from the Atlanta Half Marathon last Thanksgiving, I’ll start from the “A” group.  That places me just behind the Elite seeded and sub-seeded runners.

I’m looking to improve my 10k Personal best (45:07), my Peachtree record (45:43).

I found last fall that despite reducing my mileage, I still maintained and actually improved my times in the Half Marathon.  Based on my run Thursday, I can expect similar results this summer.

Thursday’s run took me through the hilly Virginia-Highlands area of Atlanta’s Midtown during the mid-morning – normal traffic levels and traffic lights included.  I finished 6.42 miles in 51:29 (just over 8 minutes per mile).  That puts me on a similar or better pace to my runs late last summer – after running the Peachtree and several weeks of training.

I’ll probably stay with a lot of weight training for another few weeks – and then start switching in a couple days of running at differing volume and pace to prepare for the race.  I’m trying to stay relaxed about accumulating specific distances or anything measurable with running right now.

1/4 Mile Intervals

23 Dec

Following up on last week’s 1/2 mile intervals, I cut the distance down to a 1/4 mile interval.  1/4 mile fast, 1/4 slow to recover.  How hard can that be?

I also planned to take the 1/4 mile a lot harder.

I completed seven “fast” intervals of about 1:10 to 1:40 (so the slowest would have been about a 6:40 mile pace) through my neighborhood.  The intervals done on the hills weren’t as much fun.  The total run was 3.18 miles, including 238 of climb.  The main hill shown below is about 60 feet of elevation change over 1/4 mile.  (“Cardiac Hill” during the Peachtree Road Race is 140 feet over 3/4 of a mile to help give perspective.

Note the Elevation and Pace Changes

25:00 in total, but it felt like I worked a lot harder than my average run.