Monday 10/31 – 4 miles easy (10:15/ mi)
Tuesday 11/1 – planned rest day, switched my schedule around due to meetings
Wednesday 11/2 – 3.6 mile tempo (8:30), MYRTLs
Thursday 11/3 – Work was a little nuts. No run; did some strength and stretching. Isn’t it ironic that the occasions when you have the least time to run are when you need the run most?
Friday 11/4 – Surprise! Kid sent home from daycare with a fever. When this happens I’m usually the one to go get him as I have a *tiny* bit more flex in my hours. Half an hour after I gave him some baby Tylenol he was tearing around the playground, so… phew.
Saturday 11/5 – 8 miles (9:55)
Sunday 11/6 – 2.65 miles easy (10:20) while tracking friends running NYC, MYRTLs
Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes. This extract, from the speech she gave at the 2014 Dartmouth College commencement, lodged in my brain:
“The dreamers. They stare at the sky and they make plans and they hope and they talk about it endlessly. And they start a lot of sentences with “I want to be …” or “I wish.”“I want to be a writer.” “I wish I could travel around the world.”
And they dream of it. The buttoned-up ones meet for cocktails and they brag about their dreams, and the hippie ones have vision boards and they meditate about their dreams. Maybe you write in journals about your dreams or discuss it endlessly with your best friend or your girlfriend or your mother. And it feels really good. You’re talking about it, and you’re planning it. Kind of. You are blue-skying your life. And that is what everyone says you should be doing. Right? I mean, that’s what Oprah and Bill Gates did to get successful, right?
Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.
So, Lesson One, I guess is: Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer. Maybe you know exactly what it is you dream of being, or maybe you’re paralyzed because you have no idea what your passion is. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to know. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new. It doesn’t have to fit your vision of the perfect job or the perfect life. Perfect is boring and dreams are not real. Just … do. So you think, “I wish I could travel.” Great. Sell your crappy car, buy a ticket to Bangkok, and go. Right now. I’m serious.
You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day, so start writing. You don’t have a job? Get one. Any job. Don’t sit at home waiting for the magical opportunity. Who are you? Prince William? No. Get a job. Go to work. Do something until you can do something else.”
- Richard Thaler, Misbehaving: The making of behavioral economics, a very readable and funny (but not dumbed-down!) account of the birth of what’s now known as behavioral economics.