>> Saturday, February 14, 2009
Valentines Day: the perfect day to take down the Christmas lights. Right?
Oh jeez, we’ve turned into “those neighbors.” But really, we’re pretty good: I shovel snow right away, my lawn is always mowed, and we keep the boulevard garden looking pretty all summer long. Somehow, the Christmas lights just got away from us. Well, better to take them down on Valentines Day than to wait until St. Paddy’s Day!!
I hope you have a good Valentines Day!!
Anyway, here are my over-simplified goals for each quarter of tomorrow’s half marathon - this is what I NEED to do to have a successful race:
First Quarter: easy, comfortable warm-up.
Second Quarter: hold a good pace.
Third Quarter: RACE!!
Fourth Quarter: hold on for the ride!
When I attempted my first stand-alone marathon this past summer, I had my usual list of goals: what I COULD do, what I WANTED to do, and what would be the BEST possible scenario. I made a major mistake on that list. My first goal should have been simply to “finish.” I didn’t finish that marathon. That scenario was never even anything I worked out in my head. That was stupid of me.
So tomorrow, no matter what happens, I’ll be finishing my second half marathon. Anything better than that is just icing on the cake.