Friday, March 09, 2012
I am a bit amazed to realize that I am celebrating four years of running this week.
In that time, Iíve logged more than 3000 miles. I havenít taken a break longer than a few days except last summer when I injured my back.
Iíve run in at least 12 states from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon and Costa Rica.
This spring Iíll add Missouri and Vermont to the list.
Iíve run in at least 30 of the 351 towns in Massachusetts (yes, I keep lists)
Iíve run morning, noon and night. Through snow and heat. On vacation and during my hardest periods at work. I've run 6 miles down a mountain in a raging thunderstorm at 4:30 am and Iíve run on a deserted beach at dawn. Iíve had fabulous runs, crappy runs, and lots of just average runs. Iíve had to struggle to get out some days, but have never regretted doing so.
Though it all Iíve met friends from all across the country who Iíve laughed with and cried with through our adventures. Most of them also discovered running late in life and we are all having so much fun. I've run dozens of 5ks and 10ks, 8 half marathons, one marathon and the Hood to Coast Relay. And I found a new best friend who is also my running partner.
Itís been a grand adventure. As Bart Yasso says ďnever limit where running can take youĒ Ė and thatís both a physical and a mental thing. Running has taken me to new destinations, but also to a new place mentally.
Iíve gained confidence that I can do anything that I put my mind to doing. Iíve learned that even after a lifetime of couchdom, I can get fit, and stay fit for the long haul. I've struggled to get faster and also learned to be satisfied with what I can do. Iíve introduced friends to running and celebrated their accomplishments and become a certified running coach.
Four years ago I sweated and struggled through my first minutes of the Couch to 5K program. I was miserable and it was hard, but I had decided that I needed to start to exercise if I was going to get the weight off and keep it off. That was Ė without a doubt Ė the hardest mile Iíve ever done.
I only wish I had started sooner.
Happy running, friends and here's to many more adventures together!