Friday, September 16, 2011

Rise to the Challenge

I haven't been able to post this week because we've had some challenges to overcome here. My wife's sister had a major health scare and Monday evening my wife traveled to be with her family and help with her nieces. That left me a single parent for the week. Thankfully, as of today everything is looking positive and my sister in law is recovering well. We haven't always seen eye to eye (she's a Giants fan and I'm an Eagles fan) but family is family and we all hurt when one of us is hurting.

I've been able to get my runs in so far this week, doing the 6th week of the program. I decided to run this week in my neighborhood, which has a couple of rises in the half mile loop. Wednesday was a step back to five, eight and five minute runs and I got through that pretty easily. Today was two 10 minute intervals and it was a struggle. I think the week of being a single parent caught up with me. I did get around a little over 4 times, so just over 2 miles in 30 minutes, 10 of which was walking. I'm feeling pretty good about my pace.

Its been a tough but fun week with the girls alone, but I'm really looking forward to my wife coming back on Sunday. Then she can watch the girls while I go out and do my 25 minute run.

I've decided that past the immediate goal of getting through a couple of 5K's this fall, I'd like to challenge myself for the next 18-24 months. I will be 40 in that period, and during that time I will accomplish something that seems impossible to me today. I don't know yet what that is, maybe a marathon, maybe riding a 100 mile bike ride, a triathlon, I don't know, but I want to do something physically that I never could have done in my life before. If anyone has any reasonable ideas, let me know.


  1. I know the Eagles are looking for an Offensive lineman so you could always go try out with the practice squad. I am friends with one of the trainers so I could make it happen. Sorry to hear about your sister in law but good that she is doing better. I recently lost my brother in law (7 weeks ago) suddenly due to a heart failure. He was 36. So always take time to love your family and be there for them at all times. Best regards this weekend against the Falcons!


  2. Be nice to your only uncle