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October 15th, 2009 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Well, I did say that this wasn’t going to all too serious, didn’t I?

Me towards the end of the Chicago Marathon
Me towards the end of the Chicago Marathon

This is me towards the end of last Sunday’s Chicago Marathon. Well, towards the middle is closer to the reality, as I’ve got a smile on my face…. and towards the end, I was certainly not smiling.

Marathon running is, in many ways, very similar to the implementation of Lean Management. It is a journey, a full training cycle rather than a short-term sprint. If you are you measuring progress every hour of every day, you are reducing the impact you may have. Get rid of waste – who needs the second whisky? And, most importantly, teamwork, running together, is far more effective than a solo effort.
3h23, two minutes longer than my best time, but put it down to the jet lag, as the conditions and organisation were excellent – regular pacemakers, refreshments where and when they were needed, visual measurements along all of the 26,2 miles. I’m geting carried away here.
But seriously, to both novice and experienced long-distance runners, I can thouroughly recommend the Chicago Marathon. It took a total of six days out of my schedule, but was worth every second. Thanks very much to Anita and the organisation team.
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