I push those around me to try things, take on new tasks, reach, and strive for new challenges. I am good about pushing myself, but I need to set some big goals for 2014. Laying everything out there, I will start racing again while trying some new challenges. I would also like to secure two consulting gigs and a speaking engagement.
Last year I raced in just two road races. I was 22nd in a 5 mile trail race and 29th in a 5.5 mile road race with about 800 participants. The year before I raced in 6 or 7 bike races not including a weekly time trial series. Last year I also got married. This was by far my biggest accomplishment of the year and will continue to celebrate my marriage. My wife does not know it yet but I would like her to race with me once this year as well.
It has been nearly 10 years since Steve Jobs gave his now famous commencement speech at Stanford. Please Stay Hungry and Stay Foolish readers.
Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech: Don’t Settle!
People who have never left the state or area in which they live love to give travel advice. Most of it is nonsense and based on no real facts. It is based on anecdotal stories told and re-told and re-told so that any truth has been stripped away. Travel. The water may not always be safe, you may not always have the best time of your life, but stories come from the times that are trying.
Take your kids, even if they do not remember the trip from when they are 1 or 2, they will still have pictures and talking about it will help install a sense of adventure. There will never be perfect time to travel, and there will never be a better time than now.
It is safer to stay home:
- Everyone hates Americans
- I heard that in <insert any country> if you are American they will kill, rape, and rob you.
- If you do go, make sure you DO NOT LEAVE THE RESORT!
In my running career I have made many mistakes along the way. Some more painful than others. One thing I learned long ago was to run often and keep most of my running to an easy pace. Over time my easy pace has changed, and even today bounces within a range depending on how I am feeling on any particular day. Running is simple, many over think running and make it more complicated than it needs to be. Keep your workouts simple and you will enjoy them far more.
- Just get out there and run. It is not that complicated. Put on your shoes and head out the door. Runners are made when they are running not when they are thinking about running. The single biggest piece of advice to running longer, faster, better is to run more frequently. Shoot for 3x a week and build from there.
- When increasing the amount of running you are doing add minutes not miles. Miles are made up of minutes, add minutes not miles. Miles may be too much for many. A mile might be 6 minutes or 12 minutes. Miles come with time, add minutes to your runs as you run longer.