January 13, 2009
This past Saturday was a ton of fun. I completed my first race of 2009 (Fred Lebow 5miler) and enjoyed every minute of it (well that last mile kinda sucked)…but all in all I can say the event was a success. I was dressed properly (thanks to my lovely wife who surprised me this Christmas with some great outdoor running gear. I was well rested thanks to my friends the Pace’s for letting me crash on their couch the night before (it’s amazing what 6 solid hours of sleep can do for a guy. I was working on only 4 hours when I ran the half marathon in August!
I beat my goal of a 10 minutes mile – so I’m pleased 9.23mile. If you’re on the fence about competing in a race like this – I HIGHLY recommend it. Being surrounded by people that have set a goal and are on the verge of executing on that goal – it can be magical.
There’s always such a cool positive vibe to these races. New York’s central park is a great place to run, and the people are amazing.
July 23, 2008
This coming Sunday I’ll be competing in my first ever 1/2 Marathon. After catching the running bug a few months back (I entered a 5k, then a 10k and now the 1/2 marathon), I’m feeling better than when I was 25. It’s amazing what your body can do when you set a goal, define a road map to meet that goal, and execute.
I can’t help but make the connection to our daily business lives. How many of us say “I want to be a CEO”, but never map out the strategy to get there? Recently I’ve been able to start road maps outlining different aspirations in my life. What stimulated my recently found laser focus was that I stumbled upon a list of “things to do before I die” that I’d created when I was about 20, and updated when I was about 22. I had to take a moment to say “well done” because there were more boxes checked off than I expected when I first found the document. Afterward my wife and I sat down to review the list. We both agreed that I should map out what steps I need to take to accomplish each thing on my list. She also encouraged me to seriously evaluate the validity of said list. The activity in contention was “make-out with a Playboy bunny”….unless my wife decides to pose for the “hot wives of westchester” addition, I think I’ll have to remove that one, but I digress.
I’ll keep you posted on the 1/2 marathon, and hopefully I start posting my progress on some of the “things to do before I die”…
oh yeah…here’s a pic of my triumphant finishing of my 10k on Father’s Day!