When I was 20 years old (seems like half a lifetime ago) I ran in the Vancouver Sun Run 10K and had a time of about 42 minutes. I’m told that’s pretty good. My new employer has been entering a yearly corporate team to the Sun Run and I signed up to go.
When I signed up I had the idea in my head that I would try and beat my previous time which would require a significant amount of training from where I was(am). Regardless, when you sign up you are supposed to put in the time that you predict you will finish in, and I conservatively put in 46 minutes or something like that. This time effects your bib number, starting position and so on, as faster runners get to go first to prevent bottle-necking on the race course.
So I started running a few times a week. I had a goal, a date to aim for, and I was excited about getting back into running.
Then Patti decided to start an 8 week “Couch to 5K” program but didn’t want to run alone and asked if I would join her. I can’t put into words how quickly my goals changed. Before she even got the full question out of her mouth, I no longer cared at all about the Sun Run or my time. I immediately had a new goal; to be Patti’s running partner.
There are challenges that go along with this. For starters, I might be turning 40 this year, but I can still run at a decent speed without training and I can definitely run a full 10K without stopping, even if the time is a bit high. So my first challenge is to make Patti feel that she is not holding me back or cramping my style by getting me to run/walk/run through a fairly light 3k over 30 minutes. Also, I’m still signed up for the Sun Run and I still have a low bib number coming so I need to not be a total mess out there, so I need to fit in the occasional 10K as well, but the goal is now completely different.
Why? Why would I change my goal so fast? Typically ADHD people don’t like to change goals once they are set on something. On top of that I have wanted to beat my 42 minutes for 19 years and this is my first crack at it.
Because, Patti and I are better together. Patti is an amazing person. I don’t think I’m that bad of a person myself. Both of us have accomplished a decent amount on our own, we both have skills that are unique to us and we both have imperfections and problems. But when we do things together we rock! I’m not just saying that; we’re amazing…. Really!!!
OK, so in all honesty our weaknesses match our spouse’s strengths in an uncanny way and when we rely on each other’s strengths we are just… better.
Patti and I were talking about this the other night while we were running (actually I talked and Patti concentrated on breathing and managed a “yea” once in a while. She’s a good listener when she’s running….) We were BOTH talking about this the other night while out running and it came up that she feels that her blog only represents a half of her. Certainly there are things that we don’t share on a blog, this is after all a public forum and we share a lot, but we do choose to share some stuff and not other stuff. What she meant is that the readers of this blog only get her side of things, and you don’t get mine. Not that my opinions are all the different, but that sometimes my perspective is.
So we have decided that I will start contributing to the blog and not just as a guest blogger, but under my own name. Just to warn you, sometimes I’m all surface level, geeky, odd humor, and sometimes I’m deep and philosophical. Patti is generally somewhere in the middle all the time…. See we complement each other even there.
So as the title says, I’m running for a record setting pace. I’m not aiming to beat 42 minutes on a 10K; I am aiming at running more, farther, faster with Patti on whichever trail we happen to be on, as long as we are doing it together.
See you soon…
BTW: As you can see from the picture, my bib number for the run is 2955 which puts me in the yellow zone which is way too close to the front… but if I beat 50 minutes I’ll be thrilled (and a little surprised).