Tuesday, April 20, 2010

EZ 4 miles and political soapbox

I looked at my training plan last night and today was supposed to be a 45 minute tempo run. My reaction, "Uh oh." I definitely wasn't physically ready for that yet this week, I needed a run to get my legs back, they were still a bit achy from my weekend runs and poor nutrition from Saturday and Sunday. So I did 4 miles, at an easy pace, around 8 minutes/mile. Ended up with around 800 at 6/mile pace, just to end strong. My legs felt immediately better. I went and walked Casey right after and I felt great.

Also found a great new marathon training plan for my next marathon that I can't wait to use. Up to now, I have used the Hal Higdon training plans for each of my marathons. However, I don't think they are getting me to where I want to be. So I am going to change things up this summer. It is from Runners World and I found it here:

Lastly, totally unrelated to running, I was listening to NPR this morning on my way to work and heard for the 5th time in the past three days a story about the Goldman Sachs lawsuit that the SEC filed last week. It made me sick to listen to the whole situation. Since this is a blog, let me just "blog" about how I feel about this whole deal. It is disgusting. I don't know how these people, financial people, can live with themselves. This guy was a hedge fund manager, and he was "betting," literally, against the hedge fund, which dealt with sub prime mortgages. And we wont even get into the sub prime mortgage industry and the irresponsibility of that whole mess. By definition, a hedge fund manager is someone who should be doing everything they can to make the fund profitable, and sell that profitable fund to clients. And he was selling it to clients. And then he was going and betting against it, betting that the fund would fail. And in doing so he made a billion dollars. No exaggeration. He actually made a billion dollars. I mean, that is one of the most dishonest things I have ever heard about. And that is an important point, to think this is the first time something like this has happened would be naive. I am sure it happens all the time, but we just don't hear about it. I don't know how these people live with themselves.

And it just so happens that this story coincides with a bill that is going through Congress concerning more regulation for Financial companies. I doubt that is a coincidence. But this leads me to another point. Conservatives say "nay" to more regulation of the financial companies and Wall Street in general, shouting socialism. Well, in reality, the only difference is who the corrupt individuals are. In communism, it is the government officials who get corrupt, and as we see, here in capitalism, it is individuals who are corrupt. So really, what's the difference??? Is it hidden better here in capitalism? Where's the happy medium?

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