Attacking 25 (On Foot)

Posted: October 26, 2010 in Joe's Life
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Tomorrow is my 25th birthday and as I write my goals for the upcoming year, I’m excited to share one with you prematurely…

I’m going to run ten 5k races.

To some of you this might be nothing. You might look at this goal and say “Wow, you’re going to run 10 three mile jogs. That’s less than 5 hours of running for the whole year. Way to really ‘push’ yourself.”

Most of my athletic career I’ve been a sprinter. As a high school swimmer, I excelled at the short bursts needed for a 50 year sprint or a relay race. When I would attempt a longer sprinting race like a 200 yard freestyle event, I was normally winded and ready for a nap.

My sister, our friends and me after Disney's Halloween 13K (October 2007)

The same is true for my long distance running attempts. In college, I ran for the St. Louis half marathon but hit a hiccup 4 weeks before the race. Whenever I ran I glided down the sidewalk with ease, but during my downtime I struggled to go up a flight of steps. Thankfully SLU has a great physical therapy department and I made an appointment with the St. Louis Cardinals physical therapist. Having gone through a similar stumbling block, he sympathized with my situation and broke the news to me that I’ll never be a marathon runner. After supplying me with enough anti-inflammatory and pain meds to complete the race, I decided that the 2007 St. Louis Half Marathon would be my first and last half marathon.

My knee still acts up when I push myself on runs longer than five miles, which is why a 5k is perfect for me.  To kick-off my 25th year alive, I’m going to run the Chicago Monster Dash! It’s a new race for Chicago and I’ve heard from a couple “run nerds” that the race organizers do a great job executing a similar race in Minneapolis.

The awesome "medal" half marathon finishers receive.

If you’re in the Chicago area this Sunday, Halloween, I hope you’re able to join me! If you aren’t able to join me for the race, I haven’t finalized my goals for 25 and would love for you to leave a couple suggestions in the comments section.

  1. Owen says:

    Two goals you should tackle in your 25th year:
    -Break up with Jennifer Aniston
    -Drive the gold tank from the “Make em Say Uhh!” video

    • Joe says:

      I love those ideas. And if the gold tank is in LA, I might be able to accomplish both goals in one weekend! I just hope Jennifer stopping reading my blog.

  2. Etosha says:

    Phiel, you should run the Hot Chocolate with Emily and I! 🙂

  3. Jill Felska says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    Some food for thought…

    – Get your motorcycle license
    – Attend the Maxim Hot 100 Party
    – Have a Quarterly Meeting in a city you’ve all never been too
    – Volunteer somewhere for at least a month

    25 is going to be a great year! 🙂

    • Joe says:

      I love these ideas and some of them will work perfectly into my list. I especially like the Maxim Hot 100 Party idea – its like the male version of an Oprah taping.

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