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  • 7 miles
  • 00:58 time
  • 07:59 pace
  • 921 calories
  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently 3/5 Effort.
    effort 3/5
good Guideline versus Policy 7.2 mi 00:58 07:59 pace

In my previous job, I loved witnessing this type of exchange between my boss and the VP of Sales for the company.
VP-Sales: "We have a policy of not selling this widget to that company".
Boss: "Is that really a policy, or is it more of a guideline?"
That's the kind of conversation that has always stuck with me, another lesson on the importance of language. And this occurred to me today, as I debated whether to run a double, since I'd (a) done a hard workout this morning, and (b) understand the "don't make up mileage you've missed" idea. However, this is a case, as is usually true for running, where such dictums should be treated as guidelines, so I went for it. I think there's a blog post in that.
The first mile, I thought I was crazy, and decided to bear it out and cut it short if needed. But then things started to feel a lot better, plus it was a beautiful day out. Ended up finishing with 6x hill sprints (12-15 seconds or so, just ran telephone pole to telephone pole).
Should set up a good 14 or so on tired legs tomorrow morning.

  • Maddy

    I like to think of most running rules as guidelines, otherwise I break a lot of rules. Solid 7 Greg, enjoy the 14 tomorrow :)

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Sarah G.
    Sarah G.

    Yep, I like stuff like that too. I hate freaking policy. Overrated if you ask me. Solid miles, Greg.

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Steve T.
    Steve T.

    Always a guideline unless it's life vs death.

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • David P.
    David P.

    When I was new a one company everyone kept saying that it is policy that we do this or that. I also asked to show me the documented policy and no one could ever come up with one. So if you don't have it documented then it is not policy. Although if it is then I will have to turn you in to HR.

    almost 4 years ago Like1 person

  • Steve Shep
    Steve Shep

    Nice. Love the Guideline-based decision making...and this is coming from an HR I'm no stranger to the evil cousin, Policy. Sweet reward for you and fabulous double today after your 1K repeats earlier!

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Reverend Run V.
    Reverend Run V.

    My main policy is that my policy is a guildeline. Way to push the boundaries ;-)

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Eva R.
    Eva R.

    Major miles today! I'm not really a fan of the "don't make up missed mileage" idea. I feel like stuff happens and better to shuffle things around than skip it altogether. I missed 6 yesterday & am still debating how to make it up, at least in part.

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Matt

    Nice double today Greg. I think your legs should be sufficiently tired for your 14er tomorrow.

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Stefan

    Lovely double! Nice to flirt with the law once in a while :)

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Joanna

    Awesome second run!

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Aric K.
    Aric K.

    Guidelines are great when you trust that everyone understand the issue well enough to make a judgment!

    almost 4 years ago Like1 person

  • Fred B.
    Fred B.

    Great day Greg! I am really not convinced there are policies in running. I think it is always a one off situation.

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Joe M.

    Nice second workout of the day Greg ... kind of like the difference between something being "not allowed" vs. "frowned upon" .... glad you stuck it out until you hit the good stuff. Most every run eventually gets there after a couple miles.

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Mike

    I would say that you were building on current miles rather than making up for missed miles, so no violation of policy, but will serve you a warning to not get too clever with semantics.

    almost 4 years ago Like3 people

  • Geri Lynn S
    Geri Lynn S

    It must be nice to have an opportunity to run away from it all sometimes..You are the boss! Nice miles.

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Michele H.
    Michele H.

    Great total mile today! If the legs can take it why not. Rules are there to be broken. I rather follow a guidline (the way it suites me) than break a rule :-)

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Michelle

    wow what a double! maybe rest does us more good than we know

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Mike S.
    Mike S.

    Crazy double! Nice work!

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Karl B.
    Karl B.

    Wow! Good going!

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Colin H.
    Colin H.

    (should have said, "even though I'm in the Pacific time zone." That is all ;-)

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Patrick W.
    Patrick W.

    You're an animal Greg! Amazing job.

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Andrew A.
    Andrew A.

    Nice job today, Greg. I, too, treated a dictum as a guideline today in my own workout... :)

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Maryjo Powrozek R.
    Maryjo Powrozek R.

    Darnit, there were a few hours in there that I was actually ahead of you in the leaderboard and by breaking policy, you're past me again. Regardless, very nice job!

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Cesar G.
    Cesar G.

    Nice double today!

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Greg S.
    Greg S.

    If anyone can pull off doubles (or triples), it is you. I'm reading your book now and enjoying it immensely.

    almost 4 years ago Like1 person

  • Gil

    Bet with this conversation going on your head, your runs go by rather quickly!

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Matt S.
    Matt S.

    Great runs!

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Adrian P.
    Adrian P.

    Huge double. Great running.

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Penrhyn David Y
    Penrhyn David Y

    Your experience as a runner is clearly in evidence Greg. I think you KNOW you made the right call :)

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Rob R.
    Rob R.

    I think things are called guidelines by those who like to bend the rules ;-) Clearly bending the "rules" in this case while being smart about it and listening to your body resulted in a really nice run. Really impressive training as always!

    almost 4 years ago Like

  • Jim

    Haha - well stated - and well executed.

    over 3 years ago Like