Last night I went to the somewhat nearby "rail trail" and did my 3 1 mile segments at a 5k pace. I went into it planning to run a mile at 8:00, one at 7:50, and the last at 7:40. (Seemed like reasonable numbers, to me).
I was changing my socks and managed to lose one in the confines of my car, so I ran in one clean one, and one swampy one. Sigh. At least it was cold out, so I didn't really notice. I did manage to find the other sock after I got back, but oh well.
Back to the run.. I finished the first in something like 7:24, the second at 7:04 and the last at 7:16. Guess I'm faster than I thought. Who knew? All this time, I thought the wind was blowing, and it was just my incredible speed. Hah. I was slightly mad at myself because I phoned it in on the last quarter mile, but oh well.
This makes me realize I can probably beat my previous mile time of 6:50. At some point, maybe during the summer, I'll have to make a run at that. Har har.
The good thing about speedwork is that the workout is done quicker. It sure sucks while doing it, though. :)
I got home and decided it had been a few days since I worked on the 200 sit-up challenge. I finished Week 5, Day 3, and am glad I'll never have to do that day again. Next up is my exhaustion test, which will probably serve as my final measurement for the sexy six pack challenge.
Lastly, I finished a book my brother in law let me borrow. It's called The 4-Hour Workweek. (The book has it's own web site here.)
I dunno. I think the book has good points and bad points. It has nuggets that are very very good. For instance, if you are looking at your customers, and 90% of them cause the most problems, but you only get 10% of your income from them, you drop those 90%. Fair enough. He also emphasizes that if you can't do anything about something, you shouldn't waste time worrying about it. I tend to agree with that.
Some of his ideas, well.. I don't really agree with. Part of it is about outsourcing some of your daily life to personal assistants in India. An example is sending flowers and an apology note to your wife.. his assistants send the note and everything. I don't know about you, but if I pulled that stunt, I'd be in deeper than when I started.
All in all, an interesting read. He's a good writer, and he's very motivational. He emphasizes having "mini-retirements", which equate to long breaks in between small startup jobs. I think that's cool, I just don't know what he's going to do when he's old and can't work or doesn't want to work. Something tells me that he'll be fine, though. I think it's a good book for entrepreneurs and people in small startups.
Alright everyone.. keep on rockin!