I used to be into politics but now it just burns me out. Obama will most likely win and I'll probably have to deal with another day of whining and gloating. But I doubt who wins the election will have much impact on my daily life. No matter what the results actually turn out to be, I feel a few things will happen in the next four years and like life, running, etc. it's just about learning to adapt to the stress.
- The economy will not get much better but people will continue to live way outside their means. Bush spent way too much money, Obama spent/spends too much money and odds are, you probably do to. So rather than blame the President, take a look in the mirror. Just like the secret to improving your running is not a couple random big workouts, but consistent mileage day-in and day-out, so is the secret to making ends meet. People do blow their money on random, big money purchases, but what is much more common is people bleeding away their money one day at a time on mostly useless and unneeded crap. I think most people will be amazed if they look at their financial statements and see how much money they spend on impulse food purchases (Starbucks, McDonalds, etc)., buying things on "sale" (if you only buy it because it's on sale, then you really don't need it anyway), huge cell phone bills and other little things here and there. Heck, just driving around town burns up a pretty penny because gas isn't cheap.
- We will probably still be in or enter into another war, because we are America and that's what we do. Since the birth of our nation, we have been in a war 91% of the time and if my internet data is right, there has never been a President who hasn't been in war.
- We will become a more unhealthy nation and health insurance costs will continue to climb. I read somewhere that this generation is the first generation that won't live as long as their parents. And my health insurance went from no deductible, to a big deductible, to next year, a much larger deductible. It's gotten to the point where I don't go to the doctor because I'm too busy paying for other people to do so. We live in a society where people are constantly looking for shortcuts to health....sprinkling magic fairy dust on your food to make you feel more full, gluten-free diets (for people who don't have celiac), mail-order diets, taking "hcg" drops (which really isn's hcg) and only eating 500 calories a day. Heck, you could replace those drops with pure bacon grease and if you only eat 500 calories a day, you'll still lost a ton of weight (a large part muscle and water). And not to mention, you have to pay hundreds of dollars to not eat. Where's the logic there? But yeah, Wall-E could have had it right. If you are serious about your health, drink more water, eat a ton of vegetables and walk around your neighborhood
And since this is primarily a running blog, I need to have some running predictions until the next presidency. Running can be a pretty unpredictable sport, but I'll take a stab at it.
- The men's world record in the marathon will be broken at least 2-3 more times. How fast do I think it will get down to before the next election? I will go with 2:02:15
- Mo Farah will threaten but not break the world record in the 5k and 10k. Maybe if he was four years younger, I could see him breaking Bekele's marks of 12:37 and 26:17 but I think he will move to the marathon in the next few years. The 10k is slowly dying and there's too much money to be made in the marathon. I'll go on record and say he will run 12:39 and 26:25 before moving up.
- Mary Cain will make the next Olympic team in the 1500m, after overcoming her thyroid condition (did you see what I did there)
- I will continue to lose more hair while Alan Webb's hair will still look exactly the same.
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- Jake Krong, Connor Kamm and I will be kicked out of an Applebee's after the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials
- Galen Rupp will break Ryan Hall's American record in the half-marathon on a course that is both USATF and Rupp certified
- Adam Goucher will become the EliptiGO world world champion
- The United States will become a greater world power in the distance events
- The Flying Monkey and Boston Marathons will continue to sell-out in insane times. I have no idea how to increase your odds in the Flying Monkey lottery but if you want to greatly increase your chances at getting into Boston, don't wait until summer to start your training for your fall marathon. Always be in training. What you are doing now will help in a few months but it will also greatly help in another couple of years. Don't take big breaks, increase your mileage and get out and race often.
- I will still be complaining that I eat too much junk food and only get six hours of sleep a night. I will continue to state that I will improve upon it the following Monday.
So there you go. I'll be sure to revisit this in four years.