Thursday, March 04, 2010


This week I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what I want to do this year. Awhile ago I mentioned trying to run some fast times at some of the less popular distances, like 12K, 15K, 20K, 25K, and 30K. Right now the thought of running hard for 10K or less seems unthinkable. Maybe that’ll change as I slowly, very slowly, transition back into running.

Or maybe I don’t even worry about transitioning back. Part of me thinks about spending a year focusing on skiing, just to see how much I can improve. Of course, another part of me knows that the first time I fell on my roller skis and landed on my ass, I’d be reaching for my running shoes so fast, it’d make heads spin.

Another part has me contemplating entering some events that have been on my “bucket list” like a 50K, the Paavo Nurmi Marathon, and the Fat Tire. The 50K is in April, which could be a difficult turnaround. I suppose I could always find one later in the year if I’m not ready by mid-April.

The year will end with at least one goal achieved. I finally finished the Harry Potter series. Now I’m not sure what to do with myself. I’ll eventually read Born to Run, but I have an article that needs to be written before I can focus on that.

Finally, my friend Scott thinks I should apply for this job. Anyone have any contacts at Lifetime Fitness?

Quote of the day;

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” - Charles Kingsley


Anonymous said...

You may wanna talk to Rabekah mayers at LTF in St.Louis park club. As far as I know LTF is not great place work, they have hired several people in the past for this position, either they laid them off or they quit. In my opnion LTF doesn't care about run club, or running in general, just like anyother business their main goal is to make a buck, if run club can bring few extra $$$, and free advertising..Great. If I were you I wouldn't apply for this job, ask Dan Faniggan (Spelling) who had this position for a year before he was let go.
Happy Spring!

Chad said...

Anon, that's for the info. I guess I'm not surprised now that you mention all of that. If Dan couldn't make it work, I doubt I could.

SteveQ said...

Paavo was my first marathon (age 15!); it has a great small-town feel. Know that it's usually hot and it's hilly; mile 20 is especially bad, then it's 4 miles continuous uphill to the end.

Also did that 50K (won it, assuming you mean Trail Mix; barely finished if Chippewa). Trail Mix is by far the easiest trail 50K you'll find and is run like a well-oiled machine.

Turning 40 has you thinking about odd distances. Happened to me at 40; now I have the MN records for 50 year-olds in front of me (surprisingly, the marathon's the easiest).

Beth said...

You would be perfect for that job! I keep reading about the Born to Run book. I think you should read it and let me know if I should read it! That would be much more efficient for me... :)