Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or an antelope -- when the sun comes up, you'd better be running. -African proverb

Sunday, August 28, 2011


My husband went out of town this weekend (guys camping trip), so I wasn't able to run.  It really got to me.  I had 4 amazing running opportunities, and I had to turn them all down.  I tried looking on the bright side ... It's easier to turn them all down instead of trying to pick one (or two) to run was my first thought. Then I tried to convince myself that I "needed" the extra rest.  I ran 12 days in a row, plus my left achilles has been nagging me a little.  Yeah, right!  I would have run both days this weekend, if I could have!  Needless to say, it was a very productive weekend.  It's amazing how much more you can get done in a day when you aren't out running for hours.  Plus, I had fun hanging out with my son, Jackers.  :)

Anyway -- since I couldn't run, I read about running.  I came across this fun article, How Running Can Help You Build a Better Password, in RW Daily that I could totally relate to.  Since I teach for 4 different colleges, I have 4 different work email addresses -- which means a variety of passwords.  I get a little frustrated when I have to change my password (sometimes every 90 days).  And, it's even more frustrating when special requirements are put on those passwords -- a capital letter, a number, a special character, etc.  I actually have to write my passwords down now.  That sounds secure, doesn't it?!?  And, sometimes I have to come up with a new password on the spot.  It's not always easy to come up with something that is meaningful enough to be remembered but different from my last password.  This article has the solution, though!

In a nutshell (excuse the pun -- when you check out the link, look at the picture), you choose passwords based on your running stories/experiences.  Think of a story and then choose 3 important words from that story.  Voila!  Your new password!

So, I'm thinking maybe PRs (to get the number component) or desired PRs?  Similar to visualization, hopefully you'll connect to that number.  So when you need a new password, think about your next race and what your goal is.  I don't suggest too many weekends off, though.  ;)

Check out the article at the link below:


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