Monday, August 31, 2015

August Recap

Yet it is far from obvious that something as simple as a checklist could be of substantial help.-- Atul Gawande

The month of August is in the books and I reached my goal of 150 miles in August. It is my biggest month ever but it didn't come without a little bit of trouble. I took 10 days off this month. I did 22 runs which means I averaged more than a 10K every time I laced them up. That's just a figure of speech. I never actually lace or unlace anything outside of the first time I run in shoes. I slip on and slip off but that doesn't sound as poetic.

When I hit the 2 mile mark I got emotional. Not like boo hoo emotional but that against all odds emotional. This month I had to drive up to New Jersey from Atlanta. That's about a 13 hour ordeal. That forced a few days off. I was behind at the halfway point of the month. That was discouraging. I know half time doesn't matter as much as the final score but it's nice to be on track at the halfway point. I have never run this many miles so I didn't know if I could actually reach it.

August had me log miles in 3 different states. I did 5 double digit runs this month, which I believe is the most ever. I did a lot of squeaking in runs. I did more evening runs than I am used to. I did a bunch of runs in the afternoon when I had to run and then quickly shower and then go pick up my kids.

Overall, I got it done. The question is as it always should be. Where is the lesson? How can one learn after winning? It is so difficult in any sport to repeat as a champion. In general, those that repeat as champions are considered one of the greats of said sport. Haile Gebreselassie, Paula Radcliffe, Steve Prefontaine, Mo Farah, Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Jay-Z ( 21 Grammys, 13 Number 1 Albums second only to The Beatles) are all people that have won multiple times. All of these people are considered hall of fame caliber. The question is, how do I do it again.

I cannot take ten days off again. Two times this month I had a 3 day span with 26 miles and 28 miles respectively. That is a lot for a body that is usually sleep deprived and under nourished. I have to plan ahead and anticipate pitfalls and adjust accordingly. Although it looks like I increased 50% month over month, in reality, it was only a 10% increase from my best month. My goal for September is a 33% increase. The goal is 200 miles.

Comment if you think I can do it. Comment if you think I am crazy. Comment if you are betting against me.

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