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“I love track running. There’s something about that red 400-meter circle that lets my brain switch off—no roads to cross, no bikes to watch out for.” – Kate Carter

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My first year running anniversary

I didn't intend today's post to be another rant about technology but, through some glitch I can't really understand, I've lost the post I wrote for today. The iPhone strikes again. That's all I'll say about it.




So one year ago today I completed my first continuous run of any measurable length (more than a mile but just barely) after six weeks of fitness walking. That led to workouts that included walking with some running that then switched to running with some walking. On October 1, 2008 I just ran and that's been the case ever since.

Over the past year I've reached speed and distance goals that I would have never thought possible last October 1st. I've learned to love trail running and I've explored city running in ways I'd never experienced before. Running has become part of the family lifestyle and we're all active. My wife, who inspired my return to running through her tenacious and consistent daily workouts, has continued to inspire me. My kids enjoy my running and they have started to make it their own. Adventure Girl, my city running partner, has returned to school but she has left me with the spirit of adventure that I maintain through solo runs in Central Park. My friends and accomplished runners CMc and CK continue to view my progress with amusement and provide invaluable lessons on technique and expectations. People, like my dad, patiently listen to my running stories and genuinely seem to care about my progress. Emergingrunner.com and Runner's World Loop readers have provided guidance, information, support and friendship that has helped to motivate both my running and writing. Thank you all for a great year.

Today I chose to do an elliptical session rather than a symbolic run to commemorate this anniversary. I chose to go this way because running has simply become part of what I do, like taking the LIRR into the city each day. Although I suffer less when running. There are still many trails to run and adventures to be had. I hope I am as excited and motivated next October 1st as I am today.

3 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your running anniversary.

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  2. Thanks to both of you. The picture was taken at Rehoboth last weekend. Those waves were cresting around five feet! It was a great sight but I could only take the sand for so long...

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