2K17 The Land Marathon Race Report: You can’t make a cycle into three weeks

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Well, after a winter of an injury, then injury after trying to come back to soon I finally got a marathon in. Thanks to the generosity of a friend who knew someone looking for FMDSA charity runners, I got an entry for the 2017 Cleveland Marathon, their 40th (I ran Glass City’s 40th last year, and the OBX’s 10th the year prior; mmk). The plan for the race: just wing it. I had two weeks of 66 miles, including one 20 miler, but that doesn’t bring back all of my endurance I lost. I figured the marathon would at least …

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Running Week In Review: 2-6 to 2-12

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Well, this week I started gaining volume. Although I still have a way to go to my November fitness level, I made strides. My calf is >98% better, with some niggles in my foot and ankle, but nothing to preclude me from running. I’m not ready to add real quality and intensity to my training, but I will continue to add more miles. I added a long run (which used to constitute a middle-long run…), which felt great. By “felt great”, I mean I accomplished it: the last 10K felt worse than that of a marathon. This paragraph was …

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My principle: going for experiences

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Think back five years. Now ten years. Now longer. What do you remember? My guess is we probably remember experiences. We remember events with family, with friends. We remember trips, holidays, get-a-ways. We probably don’t remember the mundane, “I can’t have have such-and-such” that we did in lieu . Chances are, if there’s a doubt, we should take the plunge and go for the experience. This will be a part of my “principles to live by” post. I’m elaborating on the principles I find important. Another way to think about experiences are to equate them with “memories”. A memory is …

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My principles to live by

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Principles to live by, because I don’t want to say “rule” on principle. I totally took this idea of Simon Fraser, and it’s a good one because by writing things down, we’re more likely to follow through, accomplish, and live by them. Writing down principles or rules helps us to live them. It holds ourselves accountable. It also draws accountability from people who read our principles — positive social pressure. If you want something to be done, you have to write it and let the world know. Principles Make everyday count Trust your gut Listen to your body Everyday is …

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Creating a Startup: Good luck

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I won’t ever worry about telling anyone a business idea of mine because of the work it takes to get it off the ground. Entrepreneurship may be sexy, but it’s a hell of a lot of work (I’m talking about a startup as a new business idea — restaurants, services companies, and solo entrepreneurs – although entrepreneurial – aren’t exactly startups, think of Facebook, PayPal, and companies that require a massive amount of resources). You have to live, breathe, talk, think, and again live your business. Every startup is a billion-dollar business. (If you don’t believe me, ask founder of …

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Living for the weekend fallacy

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The American work week goes like this: Monday morning comes as we stammer to our place of work, where we talk about what we did “all” weekend. Tuesday doesn’t matter. We call Wednesday “hump day” because we’re “getting over the hump”, and for its double-entendre. Thursday is the new Friday! Let’s go out and do stuff, tomorrow’s Friday! It’s TGIF! That means we only have to kill a few hours at work! It’s Friday night! Saturday, let’s do something recreational! Sunday! Time for church and family! Ugh, it’s Sunday evening and I’m counting down the clock until I go to …

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Minimalism — Less is more in our lives

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It seems almost counterintuitive to be an American and want less. Especially after Christmas. Minimalism seems like a weird, counterculture lifestyle when more people can be materialistic as ever. But why do we actually want more stuff? Because we fell into love from advertisements? We want what other people have? Or because we’re buying stuff to fill some sort of need want? I almost by accident discovered minimalism a few months ago. I think I found it while browsing TED talks on YouTube. It got my attention. Why have stuff we don’t need? (And by stuff I mean things that …

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