|The very flexible TG Sheppard|
... back to running - I really do love it! Lately I've missed two PR's in two consecutive races that I was pretty sure were gonna happen. You might think that Mr. Over-Competitive 50 after 40 is really down about it ... but you couldn't be more wronger!
Sure, I always to get better, faster, and stronger as a runner. But running has given me so many things that I am so thankful for ... and none of them include personal records!
1. It's given me great health! I'm 42, and I don't think I've ever been in better shape. I feel awesome most of the time, and I have tons of energy! I couldn't ask for better health at this phase of my life.
|2011 KC Royals 5K|
3. I've met some wonderful people! The blog world has been unbelievably supportive, and I've also met a few runners in real life! It's always awesome to meet up with people who share a similar passion and really "get" what's going on with you.
4. Almost more than anything, it's teaching me patience. A distance runner soon learns that it's a grind - not a sprint. I know that I can outlast almost almost anything ... through an injury, a race, or more importantly - life.
5. And like I've said before, through running I've learned that "if I can just make it up this hill, it gets a little easier on the other side!" So true with so many things in my life.
So as I sit here with sore legs a few days after my latest marathon where I tried to act like an 18 year old kid and run as fast as I could, I ask myself, "Was it worth it?" And the answer is yes! Because whether it's a race, a speed workout, a social run with my family, or just a light slow run on a beautiful fall morning ... I love every one of them! And I am so blessed to have the opportunity to do what I do, even if I never PR again ... but I promise you I'll probably keep trying - ha!
... be great today!