Philly Marathon Training W13D4
Today was an easy 6. After yesterday’s tempo run, it went much better than I had expected. With .1 mile left somehow a vine wrapped itself around my shoelace. I had no choice but to stop to release it. But, that was the only hitch during this run.
I have to say I am really glad I decided to train utilizing Hansons. I’m not going to blow any smoke at you, it is a lot of work that at times is quite hard work. Your legs are always tired as it is based on a theory of cumulative fatigue. But, I know that it is really making me a better runner. I can’t wait to see how it pays off on November 17. I am already planning to use it to train for Boston.
I may joke a lot, but when it comes right down to it, I take things quite seriously that I am faced with be it running, parenting, or work, etc.
Since July 18, when I began marathon training, I have run over 435 miles and 1,056 since January 1st. I expect to end the year with around 1,400 miles or so. Between two marathon training stints this year, I have missed ONE scheduled run for four miles because I was just too ill with strep throat to justify it. I have run nearly 208 hours this year, thus far. But, did you hear, I am not a runner? Perhaps, if I had only run 140 hours, I would be considered a runner.
In my eyes, the earth revolves around my kids. But, they are not the most gifted amongst their peers either athletically or academically. My son, who is two and a half, just recently started talking. That is behind the developmental benchmarks. But, this doesn’t make me love my kids any less. But, since they aren’t excelling in all areas, does that make me a bad parent?
I started working for the firm I am at 15 years ago. But, I haven’t made partner. That doesn’t affect the seriousness that I treat my deadlines with. If I have a deadline, I will meet it at all costs that are within my power. But I’m not a partner, does that make me just another disposable employee with no value?
No matter what you call me, it doesn’t change the fact that I am going to work my tail off to always do the best that I can do.
In the end though, what really matters? I think the thing that really matters is, was I a good person? I am working on it. I think for the most part I am, but I certainly have room for improvement. I try to become better every day and I have you all to thank for helping me become a better person. You, my friends, are amazing, inspiring, and make me want to strive for improvement daily.
Target pace: 12:05-12:55
Actual pace: 12:13