Sunday, May 12, 2013
So yesterday marked four years on Spark.
Four years ago, on May 10th, 2009, I biked to the end of the Pittsburgh marathon and watched the last runners cross before the course was opened again to traffic. It was so inspiring; the next day I went looking for a place to track what I was eating and joined SparkPeople.
Last Sunday, I finished my third marathon, and first hometown Pittsburgh, with a time of 3:53;43. So what is different after four years? Four years ago, I did not have the belief in myself to consider finishing a half marathon, never mind a full. In my early Spark days, I was focused on weight loss above everything else.
Today I only weigh a few pounds less than when I started on Spark but my body composition is different. Exercise is a regular part of my like now and I seek new challenges to keep things fresh. In addition to the marathons, I've biked a century, run 5Ks, 10 milers, nine half marathons, a 15 mile race and a 223 mile team relay with other Sparkers.
Other things are bittersweet. I miss the energy of the early days on Spark, but like all relationships, things mature. I am not as active blogging and on the forums as I once was, but still keep the Spark with other like minded folk on Facebook.
So what's next? Near term, I'm running the Ragnar Ontario relay in mid June. Longer term, I still need to learn swim. I move in to a new running age category in Fall, 2014. If I can cut 14 minutes off my marathon time I'll qualify for Boston.
So, it's time to refocus on nutrition. I think I'll be a better runner if I am more conscious of what I am eating. Time to fire up the tracker again...