Running up, over and through the cogs

Rolling with the Punches and Marathon Week!

Huffing and puffing en route to a 3:03 finish at the 2012 Chicago Marathon.

Extreme focus en route to a 3:03 finish at the 2012 Chicago Marathon.

The pugilistic metaphors runneth still.

BEHOLD! My all-time favorite round of boxing from my all-time favorite fight:


The moral of the story, of course, is: you can knock a guy down, (sometimes more than once, in the same round!), but you can’t take away his desire to keep moving forward, despite all odds against him — especially if he’s a stubborn bull like the late great Diego “Chico” Corrales.

I will certainly channel my inner Chico as I take to the streets running my hometown Chicago Marathon this coming Sunday, October 13. I may be screeching with each step; but I’m going to keep moving forward as long as I can, head down, arms pumping.

The truth is, my Achilles tendonitis, while a little bit better than what it was three weeks ago, is still keeping me from feeling my best. I haven’t been able to run much at all without stiffness and pain since late August, and I’ve resolved myself to just going out and having a good time Sunday. The main goal will be to simply revel in the greatness that is this world class event. I will look for my friends along the way, throw out lots of high fives and remember how good life has been (and continues to be) to me.

Right now my plan is to line up with the first 3:10 pace team. That even-split finish time calculates to a 7 minute 15 second mile for the duration — a much more accessible pace than the 6:50 mile I was training for (and hitting!) earlier this summer. Hopefully I can hang with the group up until 10k to go, then decide to either stay with them or take off on my own (heels allowing).

Of course, a very real possibility exists that even a 7:15 pace won’t be tolerated by my under-performing heels and now under-trained cardiovascular system. It’s quite possible that I’ll blow up or will have to dog it much earlier in the race. But just like Chico, as long as my legs still work and my heart still beats, nothing is going to keep me from crossing that finish line.

So as the city of Chicago buzzes with the excitement of marathon week and a hearty welcome towards enthusiastic athletes arriving from all across the world…

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!

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3 responses

  1. Good luck man!

    October 9, 2013 at 18:45

  2. I hope all went well, Jeff. Your attitude is an inspiration! Looks like your Cards might be back in the WS, too, and hopefully the Tigers.
    -Mike

    October 16, 2013 at 23:40

    • Thanks, Mike! Sorry it didn’t happen for Detroit. I was hoping for a 2006/1968 rematch!

      October 21, 2013 at 21:44

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