I haven't really found anything to comment on today, so I think I'll make another running entry. Frequent readers will know that I completed a half-marathon last Sunday (with my bud Bob) and that I had a 5K race yesterday. I am very happy to say I set a new personal record of 26:29 for the 5K, which is nothing spectacular in running circles, but is great for a new runner like myself.
Receiving the results, it brough me back to the individualism narrative that I left off on in my half-marathon post. One of the best lessons my father ever told me that as long as you hold yourself up to the highest personal standards, outside judgment is irrelevant. I try to incorporate that ideal in everything I do, and have found that if you are honest in what standards you hold up for yourself, you will often exceed the fiercest of critics. It is especially critical in matters of morality and ethics, when achievements are normally put ahead of "standards."
I was shooting for a sub 27 minute time on Sunday. That was the personal goal set for myself. After a while, the time was no longer relevant, and all that mattered was my effort.