Well, not much has happened since the last post. CVS was a bit of a downer, but having a sub par race surrounded by two sub par workouts was a bit of a wake up call: while I thought I could do everything 100% all the time, I had to take a step back from my obligations to make sure not only that I was getting rest and not attempting to train seriously at 6 or 7 in the morning, especially as the cooler weather of fall and winter approach. I also had to take a bit of advice from Tim Brock, who, after witnessing one of said awful workouts, told me something along the lines of, “you dug yourself this whole. Now time to dig yourself out of it.”

Fortunately, Ray gave me a few light days last week, which made the whole process easier, and I’ve been back with my nose to the grindstone for the last few weeks, getting the job done as requested. I’ve gotta thank Shane for helping out as well, as having him on the same schedule has been a huge boon. Some of these workouts would have been absolutely impossible for me to have knocked out on my own, so I couldn’t be more thankful for my training partner.

The personal life hasn’t been anything to speak of lately. The closest thing to anything exciting was getting asked out by a girl who’s instagram was humbledbyg-d and some numbers. In spite of the obvious irony in my still feeling compelled by my upbringing to hyphenate that, the whole religious thing was a lot to myself as a practicing Jewish atheist. Other than that, my life has basically consisted of work, sleep, and watching football with friends at 148 Pavilion, where I’ve suddenly become enough of a regular that I see people around town on the RIPTA, in grocery stores, and have introduced myself to a friend’s child as, “My name is Jordan. I watch football with your daddy!” Funny to have relationships entirely dependent on NFL Sundays.

Anyway, last year I ran 24:15 at Mayor’s cup, and this year I’d definitely like to improve on that mark. It’ll undoubtedly be a tough race, but Franklin Park is a course I’m obviously very familiar with, and, considering my strong summer and in spite of my rough patch a few weeks ago, I should still be more prepared to run well mentally and physically than I was last year. I look forward to getting out there with Shane and giving it my best shot. And of course, you can bet I’m not trying to lose to Henry Sterling again! (Against whom admittedly, I am completely defeated against in cross country :/). No doubt either way, the showdowns will be fun, and hopefully I’ll be home in enough time to hit the bar for some chicken wings and NFL action.

After this, I’ll hit the roads for a few more weeks and hopefully be ready for U.S. Club Cross in Tallahassee.

Anyway, I’m off to hit the track for that last tuneup. Talk to you after the race!