Weekly Update – #18 – PV Half Marathon Approaches & Non-fiction Reading Updates

Hi everyone, I missed a month and a half of updates. I’m back!

Running

I registered for the Palos Verdes half marathon months ago intending to train for it starting months ago. Didn’t happen. The race is this coming Saturday, November 16th.

Two weeks ago the fear started brewing. Immediately after daylight savings kicked in, I kicked it into a higher gear. 6am runs every day while the family is still asleep. Some mornings are cold enough to put on running gloves, and some of them are spooky foggy. I managed to accumulate 31.4 miles in the last 8 days.

View from the hill overlooking Manhattan Beach

I probably won’t set a personal best in the PV Half, but I want to finish the race and still be able to move the next day. Feeling okay about that, not afraid anymore. Wish me luck on Saturday!

Reading

I recently read a few books.

Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday. This is not a meditation book. It’s a study of how ancient eastern and western philosophers thought about peace of mind, body, and spirit. It includes tons of stories past and present to show what stillness and lack-of-stillness looks like.

The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek. This is a business leadership book. It’s about leading in a way that’s highly sustainable, such that the business can run forever, and keep going once you’re gone.

Contrast infinite games with finite games. Chasing your competition seeking to “win” a game that doesn’t really end. Learning and fitness are infinite games. You don’t really “win” at learning or fitness.

I think thinking in infinite time frames is useful. How would you approach relationships differently and if you want the relationship to stay strong forever? You Might make business decisions differently if your goal is to sustain the business for the next 7 generations. Teams that think and act this way are often highly successful.

Getting Things Done by David Allen. This book is a little dated, 90’s. It’s a productivity book and it talks a lot about systems for filing and organizing paper records. It talks a little about email. I think the principles are still relevant.

For example, it talks about getting your to do list out of your head and into a system like email or an app. The idea is your brain better serves as a thinking machine, not an information storage machine. And if you use it’s cycles to try to remember a bunch of little things, you are doing it a disservice. Get all the junk out of your head, into your todo list app and calendar app. This principle is something I’ve been practicing, and it’s effective.


Thanks for reading and see you next time. I’ll let you know how the PV Half goes.

Weekly Update – #17 – Finally Running Updates!

After a wild summer, running is starting to make it’s way back into my routine. This is my first update since June 30th, 2019.

Plumeria flowers (our garden)

Before high school I did a little bit of track and field, competing in the long jump event. In high school, most of my athletic energy was focused on marching band. That interest faded in college, and nothing really took it’s place. Several years passed until 2018, the year I started taking running seriously. Around August 2018 I committed by signing myself up for the Conqur LA Challenge, a set of 3 races of increasing distance, starting with 10K and concluding with the LA Marathon. I finished that marathon race in March, 2019.

For this season, I’ve signed up for three new events:

The first race already finished. I struggled my way through 13.1 miles for the SeaWheeze Virtual Half Marathon. This is how it works. I chose my own route. I ran and I recorded the activity with the Strava app. Once I finished the run and uploaded it to Strava, I was notified of my position relative to other runners. In 6-10 weeks a medal will arrive by mail. Weird!

A slow pace, but a finish nonetheless.

I was not nearly as well prepared for this race as my last half marathon. And I didn’t have the boost that comes with race day adrenaline, since I was on my own. It took me 3 hours to finish. I kind of miss the buzz of energy that usually comes with race day. It’s really fun to be part of a big pack of runners. It just wasn’t the same running by myself.

Actifit says it took me 24,000+ steps to go 13.1 miles.

A few days after SeaWheeze I am still sore. I regret skipping the usual Epsom salts bath. Other recovery methods don’t seem to be as effective. Word to the wise.

I have a few months to ramp up and prepare for the Palos Verdes half marathon in November. I’m looking forward to it. Let’s go!


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