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I don’t know that I have a
bucket list per se, but I think
categorically, as the kids get older and
the commitments change with
respect to them, finding more
opportunities to travel would be on
such a list. There are lots of places in
the world that I haven’t been—in fact,
most places in the world that I haven’t
been—and lots of places that I would
like to go. I’m fortunate to have a good
travel companion and look forward to
having opportunities in the future to
do that with my wife.
The other thing is finding renewed
opportunities to make music, first
in finding the time to really get
back into playing shape and then
finding an outlet for that. Music is
definitely inside of me, and I am
committed to finding additional
opportunities to do that.
And then I think the last thing—
again, this is kind of a shout-out to my dad—is finding more
opportunities as I have more time to
do more woodworking and do more
work with my hands. Obviously,
sitting at my desk during the day,
I don’t get as much opportunity
to do that as I might like.
There is also some synergy in using
running as an opportunity to travel
by looking for races in places that
allow me to see different places and
cultures and communities, looking
for marathons in other parts of the
world or even in other parts of the
country that I haven’t yet experienced.
Q Have you run internationally?
I have not run an
international marathon yet, despite
my wife and children asking, “OK,
when are you going to run
internationally?” The challenge with it
is that it really requires a different level
of commitment in terms of time
because you really need to get to the
venue early and get acclimated, at
least to run reasonably well. And
maybe the answer is not to treat those
races as races you really care about
running reasonably well and to use
them as a vehicle for travel.
Q But you sound like a very competitive person. It seems that
would be very hard for you to do.
It’s interesting that you
say that because this past weekend
was the Fairfield Half Marathon. I
debated about whether to run it
because it’s really early in my training
cycle for Chicago to be running a half
marathon. There’s no doubt that I
could have run it as a training run and
been just fine, but I didn’t trust myself
to run it as a training run because
when I get into a race scenario, those
competitive juices do flow and I tend
to find that adrenaline and
competitive drive do get the better of
me. I chose instead to run an
appropriate length training run with
my training partner. I think at the end
of the day I will benefit from having
made that decision.
Q Do you have any favorite marathons, either because of the
venue or the race itself?
Boston, by far, is my
favorite for several reasons. I guess the
first is the satisfaction of having
qualified and run it five times. Second,
I think, is the history behind it. The
third is the intelligence of the crowd.
It’s run on Patriots Day, which is a
holiday in Boston and the community
really comes out to support it. But not
only do they support it, but they
actually understand what it is and
what’s involved. They’re a
knowledgeable crowd and they show
that. That’s somewhat unique.
Q Did you run Boston in 2013, the year of the bombing?
I did not. I ran Boston in
I’m thankful for that on many
levels, although based on my prior
experience, I probably would have
been trying to get on the highway
to get home when the bombings
actually occurred. I will say that not
a whole lot of work got done that
afternoon. I was gripped by and
gravitated toward the media coverage.
I did know people who were there—
fortunately none of them was harmed.
As a running community, it hit
very hard and for sure is something
that none of us will ever forget. J