New Year: Running yesterday across the Willamette River (the Autzen footbridge to be precise) everything was just almost greyscale in tone. Lovely morning. I’ve been nursing a foot injury for the past four months which makes my running less, for the moment.
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Another year, another half-marathon. Pretty excited for this one on Sunday.
Well, this year has been quite a year for me in terms of my running. I started 2018 coming off of rehabbing a broken ankle, setting a goal of running 1000 miles and competing in a few races. In many ways I far exceeded my modest goals and in other ways I didn’t. All in all it was a positive year for me. The breakdown:
- 901 miles run. My goal was 1000 miles, but a broken elbow late this year slowed me down a bit.
- Completed my 12th Half Marathon
- Ran an under 2 hour half marathon
- Ran my first 30k Trail Run
- Ran an 18 Mile Trail Run
- Found a running group (or rather they found me?). Either way this has been the singular most positive aspect of this year in terms of running. The folks in this group are people I now call friends as we have connected on much more than our mile splits and tight hamstrings.
Goals for 2019 so far include:
- Run 1000 miles
- Run a 50k Trail Run
- Possibly (finally) run a marathon
- Begin more cross-training activities (Yoga and modest weight training)
- Volunteer to officiate at local & state track and field events (I’m currently on the Oregon Track Club’s discus crew)
- Learn more about what makes me be a successful distance runner honing my nutrition and hydration needs along with other aspects.
Books on running that I read this past year:
- Why We Run: A Natural History by Bernd Heinrich
- Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance By Alex Hutchinson
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running By Haruki Murakami
Onwards into 2019!
Last night the kids and I ran in the â€œ1st Runâ€ 5k here in town. It was a great way for us to start off 2018, with both Nora and Jonah running the whole thing. Noraâ€™s goal was to literally RUN the whole race, without walking which she did. Jonah ran a fast 9:34 pace which helped him take first place in his age division.Â
I also acquired a cool little â€œscratch-offâ€ calendar for the year put out by Tracksmith in New England. Itâ€™s a â€œNo Days Offâ€ calendar where for each day of running you scratch out the day and beneath the ink is a word which will make up a complete story as the year goes by. Now, I donâ€™t plan on literally taking no days off from running as that is not how my body works, but Iâ€™m looking forward to scratching off the dates as this year rolls by.Â
Happy New Year!
â€œIn our modern lifestyle we are not runners anymore. So we are basically disconnected from what we previously had to do. Most of us are out of shape and we donâ€™t have to run for our hamburger or our dinner. But deep down we are still all runners and so our minds, as much as our muscles are part of this running phenotype.â€