“Tobias Fünke” - Illustration by Sam Spratt
Have a happy Arrested Development binge-viewing everyone.
They are SO in your face about Ted and Robin not ending up together. Nice ending in last night’s episode though, next week’s finale should be interesting
I sort of checked out on this in April, huh? Things got a little hectic, at least it felt so anyway, but I’m back for today at least!
April brought the start of baseball, my epic WrestleMania trip, an overall good month of a running and some very expensive planning for things to look forward to.
WrestleMania was awesome, and by now way too late to really talk about in detail since it was 3-1/2 weeks ago, but going to three wrestling events (Axxess, WrestleMania and Raw) over a five day period was great. Axxess was fun and the Raw show I went to ended up labeling the audience as the “greatest crowd ever”, and yea, it was pretty awesome to be apart of it. WrestleMania itself was a lot of fun and a really cool experience and I was fortunate enough to enjoy that experience with a few of my closest friends. Glad I’m able to say I’ve attended WrestleMania, and in a crowd of over 80,000 people.
My expensive planning was a tough pill to swallow, considering how much of a cheap ass I am. But booking my vacation to Mexico with my girl and purchasing All-Star game tickets are both things I will definitely be looking forward to. We work hard to treat ourselves, right? Both should make for a fun summer.
Running has been going well. April brought another month just over 230 miles in training with all weeks in the 50’s, the highest being 59. I ran the 5k at Rider, and even though I was 4 seconds off my time from March it was still fun to race on the Rider track again. I have one more 5k to go for this spring, and that’ll be at Swathmore in 12 days. We’ll see what I can do, hopefully sub 15:40.
My sights have been set on the Philly Marathon in November and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. It’ll probably be nerve-wrecking to train for a marathon in the summer, but I’m excited and ready to take it on 110%. I know, sounds crazy to be super excited for a marathon, but it’ll be a journey that I expect to find the joy in. Remember, positive outlook outweighs all.
I think that’s it for now… until next time, I guess. Thanks for sticking it out as long as you did.
Somebody get me my reality gem so this can become possible
So last week I ran my first track meet in quite some time. I was a weird but exciting feeling to show up to Widener University to actually race on the track, even if my near 26-year old self is a bit old at a college race. You know what they say; older, slower and wiser. I think so at least. But I was definitely excited and even had some nerves as my 5k neared that evening.
Going into the situation was pretty simple. I haven’t broken 16 in a 5k since May of 2009, a spring in which I actually broke 15 by running 14:39. I don’t know if that day can ever come again, but damnit, I was going to get under 16. I’ve discussed my long struggle with running after college before, but after one year of half-ass running after graduation, I shut it down for a full 16 months. In those 16 months I think I went on just three 25 minute runs. But since early last year, I’ve been back, and in the past couple of months I’ve felt like being under 16 really could happen again.
The race was crowdddddded. But I thought I positioned myself well off the line and once I saw I was running 75s/76s I knew I just needed to hang right there. I was pretty much exactly where I wanted to be, and even faster at times, as each lap went by. The amazing part to this race, at least in my mind, was my 2nd mile being one second faster than my first. Who did I think I was?! After that I of course ran my slowest lap, but I got my head back on straight and went right back to 76s and closed exactly how I needed to. I crossed the line, clicked my watch, looked down, and there it was; 15:46.
What a freakin sigh of a relief.
I know it’s not 14:39, I know it’s not 15:10, but it’s something in the 15s at the very least, something that just over a year ago probably seemed incredibly unlikely for me, so I’m glad I was able to whip myself into the situation to be able to do it. But this isn’t the end, there’s plenty more work to do, and I am certainly expecting myself to get that time down even more.
As I’ve said in posts before, getting back into running has been for myself and has at times been incredibly fulfilling. I want to make it even more worth it though and have my sights set on a handful of things.
Long term? I’ve officially signed up for the Philly Marathon. It’s well over 7 months away, but I’ll definitely be thinking about those 26.2 miles in the next 7 months.
There will be plenty of business coming up that needs taking care of.