First things first – a huge congrats is in order for my nephew Philip! He placed 2nd in his cross country championship! That’s 1.25 miles in 9:48 (7:50 average pace). Did I mention he just turned 8?!
He also smashed 30 seconds off his old PR from this season. Philip’s strategy is simple – start out slow and then pick the other runners off one by one. Pretty impressive for an 8 year old. It takes years to master the art of pacing.
In other news, winter has arrived in Philly. Time to ‘get up and go’ in the morning and not stop to ponder about how cold it is outside and how warm your bed is. At least the sun comes up at a decent hour.
I ran 57 miles last week with 16 miles on trails. I’m still in quasi-ultra training mode – only because I enjoy it so much and not because I’m planning to run another ultra soon. If the spirit moves me I may even throw in some “fast” miles. I’m really enjoying just running right now. Plain, simple, and uncomplicated running.