Motivation And My Weekly Recap


Last week was a little on the uneventful side, so I am not going to waste your or my time with my typical daily breakdown.  I will say that I stayed on my taper schedule by running four times with only a six mile “long” run on Sunday.  The heat is rising here in Memphis and I want my legs to be fresh for Tupelo this weekend.  This week, however, looks like it should be much more eventful.  The following quote seems to sum up what my thought process needs to be going forward:

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. – Charles Darwin

Today marks the start of my return to school.  After work this afternoon, I am driving across the city to sit in class for three hours.  It has been a little over seven years since I graduated from college, so it might take me a few days to get back into the swing of things.  My schedule is three hours of class on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday after work, so those are going to be rather long days.  Apparently nine hours is considered full time for graduate studies so I am going to juggle my full time school schedule, my full time job, my household duties, and my marathon training program.  Here is another quote that will help my mental approach moving forward.

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. – Michael Jordan

After the Tupelo 14.2 on Sunday, I am adopting Jeff Galloway’s runDisney plan, so most weeks I will run on Tuesday mornings before work, Thursdays before or after work, and once on the weekend.  I will also work in some TRX and other cross training to help promote my overall health.  It is going to be odd only running three times a week, and it is possible that some weeks I will run my typical four times, but I will try my best to follow the plan.  Also, I am incorporating my scheduled races into this training plan to maintain the plan’s structure to help prepare me for the main event in January.

This was a rather short entry, but as I get time this week, I am going to post some pre-race prep posts talking about what I am doing to get ready for Sunday.

A St. Jude Story I Had To Share


OK, all St. Jude stories are probably worth sharing, but this particular one really hit home with me.  The story of the University of Memphis QB Jacob Karam visiting some patients at St. Jude Children’s Hospital here in Memphis has been making some national headlines for a couple of days now.  If you have not read the story or watched the You Tube clip, stop what you are doing and click this.  It is most definitely worth your time.  I will spare the majority of the details in the story since you have already clicked on it and I cannot convey the story any better than Mr. Doyel did today.  I would just like to add a couple of thoughts.

First, how refreshing is it to see an athlete that truly is humble and doing something for others out of genuine decency?  If you watch college football on Saturdays, you are familiar with the staged and preplanned media sessions of teams at children’s hospitals.  They take a couple of pictures and say a couple of boiler plate interview answers, then they are gone.  Back to their lives without another thought about where they just were.

Second, how talented are both he people in the video?  Breanna had some pipes, and besides being a starting D1 QB (albeit on a rather bad team), Jacob graduated from college in two and a half years, is fluent in Spanish, and can play piano by ear!  I listened to him on the Chris Vernon Show today and he played several dozen songs as listeners requested them.  It was quite impressive.  You should check out the podcast from today.  I listened to it again tonight during my run.  He also mentioned that Breanna loves Bruno Mars when Grenade was requested.  Maybe that was a setup to her name in the segment, but I highly doubt it.

I have mentioned it before, by St. Jude is one of the major assets for Memphis and probably the entity in this town that I am proudest about.  But, I must say, after hearing this story on Jacob Karam, my pride for my alma mater has skyrocketed even higher.