I’ve advocated before for always having a back up plan, but the more I think about it that isn’t necessarily true. Having a back up plan can sometimes blows up in your face, not only once but twice.
Back in 2011 I decided to run not 1 but 2 marathons in a month, first the Chicago Marathon and then the New York City Marathon. Chicago was the ‘real’ race where I would try to run my fastest time ever (below 2:50:00) and NYC would be a running tour of the 5 Burroughs. Ideally, the latter would be more of a vacation than a race. (Yes, I’m one of those weirdos that has to be productive even on a vacation.)
Of course, it did not turn out that way. Things rarely go as perfectly as I plan. Continue reading When Back Up Plans Fail
The Illinois Marathon in Champaign was yesterday. That race is like a run down memory lane for me.
I’m sure that’s the true for all University of Illinois alumni. All of the races (marathon, halfmarathon, 5K, or 10K) go through campus and finish at Memorial Stadium. But the sentimental value of the race goes beyond campustown for me since I grew up in Champaign.
The marathon is particularly meaningful to me. It goes by places that are special but only to me. For example, both of my grandparents’ houses. (I’m 3rd generation townie, everyone is from Champaign.) Continue reading A Run Down Memory Lane: How Responsibility Can Be Trained