It’s been a while since I blogged, especially about my own life. I guess that’s in part a function of the fact that nothing special has happened in my training. I’ve been grinding out miles, doing my best to stay healthy, and putting in the workouts as close to how Ray designed them as I possibly can. It’s definitely been a difficult summer, dealing with scorching heat, having to start from nothing twice, and a lot of lonely running, but it has also been rewarding. While I was at altitude in the summer of 2015, the quality of work I’ve put in to this point has far surpassed that of last year.

To clarify: by this time last year, I’d done one tempo over 4 miles–a 5 miler. This summer I’ve done a number of  workouts with 5-6 miles of work, even faster than the ones last year. And I’m coming in as a 13:53 7:57 guy.

It definitely hasn’t been easy, and I understand that this won’t necessarily translate to my running fast in July if I don’t keep at it, this comparison is still encouraging. I know I can run faster than I did last year, so I’ve just gotta keep getting stronger and get ready to translate it. Not sure how fast I’ll run, but at least I’ll hopefully be able to get some shoes for it.

More importantly is the latest development in my professional life: I’m officially coming back to Brown University to be a volunteer assistant coach! Actually, I’m technically waiting for HR to approve me but whatever, the first team meeting is tonight so I’m gonna show up!

I won’t lie–this will usher in a new era of busyness for me. My days over the next year will look something like:

  • 6:00 AM wake up
  • 6:15 do my longer run
  • 7:30-8:00 eat
  • 9:00-1 or 2:00 go to my job at Providence
  • 2:00 take bus to Brown
  • 3:00 shorter run at Brown, then office work
  • 6:00 Ride home from Benninger
  • Somewhere in here, eat
  • 7:00 class twice (theoretically) a week
  • 8:30-10:00 sleep

You may laugh about the early bedtime, but I’ve already been in bed by 9 twice this week. Probably every day but Saturday in bed by 9:30 or 10.

While I certainly won’t have a ton of free time, I’m really excited about the semester and year. Obviously it’s cool to get started on my dream career path, but more importantly, I love the Brown program and can’t wait to give back to the program that gave me so much, including my only opportunity to run in college. I love the guys, and I can’t wait to work with the young talent coming in and old friends/ex-teammates and ex-housemates who have been around for a few years.

Haven’t been able to say this so happily in a while, but Go Bruno!

Jordan

heps

Was actually kind of pissed right here. But still a great photo.