Sunday, August 17, 2014

8 Weeks to Chicago

Ten full weeks of training are in the books with eight left to go!

So far, so good. I've been doing almost exactly what my plan calls for. In fact, I missed my first run of this training cycle this week (it was for a good reason, to help someone empty out a flooded basement).

After running my 17 miler this week at Paint Creek, I understand why you don't miss runs. It seemed to make this one much harder than it should have been. For me, a 17 miler may always offer challenges, but my Saturday one (and my Thursday run with the stroller for that matter) felt like I missed a month rather than one stinkin' run. Life happens, but I don't intend to miss any more.


I finally put up the medal holder my kids and wife made me for my birthday (last year - I'm bad).

I knew I had a lot of medals, but I didn't know I had 30 of 'em. At least for now, I didn't think there was room for all of them, so I put up my favorite / "most important" 15 of 'em. They include:

  • 2011 Iron Turkey - My first 10k (actually also my first double race 5k & 10k)
  • 2011 - 2013 Brooksie Way Half Marathon
  • 2012 - 2014 Rock CF Half Marathon
  • 2012 - 2013 Crim 10 Mile
  • 2013 Milford Labor Day 10k (my 10k PR)
  • 2014 Weekend Warrior Half Marathon
  • 2012 Shamrock N' Roll 10k
  • 2012 Open Door Julie Run 5k 2nd place age group (my 5k PR)
  • 2013 Detroit Free Press Marathon
Most of the other medals I have are Kona races I've paced and age group awards. I like the age group awards, but they don't look as cool as the "big race" ones and they don't all mean the same to me. A couple of them don't even have the race name anywhere (front or back). I remember what they are now, but not sure if I'll remember later. Guess I should write on the back or put a sticker on 'em. 

I like the medals I have but never dwell on them. It is nice now that they are "on display", but they only show where I've been, not where I'm going. (I think I would fight someone if they took my Marathon medal though. :)


Eight weeks to Grant Park and beyond! 

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