So, this is an odd time to start a blog about thoughts of life, and of running, considering I have not run in almost two months. I can thank my kids for my original illness that led to pneumonia.
I hate you Emergen-C for not protecting my immune system.
I have always in some way enjoyed writing. So, why not start a blog that no one will read.
So, as far as my running goes, I started about 2 years ago. It started as a reason to get into shape, it also started because my job was having this contest called the “100 Mile Challenge.” (Do I need to trademark this)? So this gave me an oppurtunity to start. I should add that I’ve never been very athletic, except for that time in Jr. High where I ran track for a season. That was a bit exhilarating. And by exhilarating, I mean embarrassing. Anyway, I decided to give running a try, and come to find out, it was actually enjoyable. Turns out, I was actually kind of ok at it. I could run faster than most of my peers, which was a change from that “exhilarating” experience in Jr. High. My track coach always said, “You are more suited for distance.” But no, I had to try sprinting. I guess that’s why I was embarrassed. Have you seen my body frame? I’m not exactly a Usain Bolt.
After about a year or so of running, I read an article about trail running. That’s when things really changed for me. There really is something about being in the woods and mountains that is a surreal experience. It’s a chance to be by yourself, and really escape. Sure, it can be fun running with others, but running in nature for a couple hours is a time to yourself, to listen to God’s creation and focus on absolutely nothing else.
So, this past couple months has been hard. I’ve lost a good bit of fitness, and have missed the time in nature. Pneumonia has kept me from running. Probably a good idea so I don’t die. Dying could put a damper on my race plans. But, the good news is, I’ve been cleared to start running again. So, I’ll head out, and probably be a bit humbled by the hills and trails.
This blog will follow my thoughts on life and running. I guess I already said that. Here are some races I have planned this year:
Terrapin Mountain 50K and 1/2 Marathon
Promised Land 50K
Mohican 50 Miler
Lynchburg Half Marathon
Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run
and, Various 5K and 10K races