"Easy" run with Alan Culpepper. I really do value the days I run with Alan. He's not only a great guy with no ego to speak of but he's also willing to give me advice that I need to hear (not to be mistaken for telling me what I want to hear). Whether it's about a workout or about how to get Ben to crawl.. Alan has 2 sons. It's funny how I can start to think I'm pretty studly with my running and after I talk to Alan and hear just how amazingly FAST he is I am completely humbled! I tell him about my "blazing" mile repeats in 5:18 and then I think... "he can run a marathon at ~20" per mile faster than that"... he can run a 10k at about my mile PR pace. I have to remind myself that my goals are quite long term, 2:15 by 2009 and then to be a world class masters runner 4 years from now, but listening to Alan really makes me think that I will need to bust my back every day between now and then! Damn, and I thought it was going to be all twinkies and TV.
It's an honor that Alan calls me and is willing to tell me what he does for training. We (his words) both need to hold ourselves back rather than strive to go farther or harder. He also said I do not need a coach. The 4th person to tell me that.
Alan is preparing to defend his title at the US Olympic marathon trials in November.