|Finishing the 2015 Plaza 10K with a 38:20 PR and Age Group win ... the race had over 3,000 runners|
Aside from the PR, the thing I'm most proud of is the 3 first place, and 2 second place finishes in my Age Group. I know there are some who will roll their eyes at this statement because it obviously means that I haven't evolved to their level of self-righteousness or sanctimony ... and that I simply don't understand the "greater good" of running, health, and fitness ... but I love to win. In fact, sadly, I think I "need" to win. Drawing a line between "wanting to win" and "needing to win" is probably a couch conversation for another day. But understand, that being the best of every other person who's my age on a particular day at a particular race, centers my focus during training and really drives me. Sorry non-competitive person ... I know that obviously makes me small.
Here are a few notes from races this year ...
Miles ran ... 2,237 ... Fail!
Only three Marathons completed ... Phoenix, Denver, Maui ... Fail!
10K PR ... Plaza 10K ... 38:20 ... 1st Place out of 126 runners in my Age Group ... Success!
Kansas City Royals 5K - 1st Place Age Group ... Success!
Prairie Fire Spring Half - Overall, 1st Place Age Group ... Success!
Striker Life Half-Marathon - 2nd Place ... Eh???
Stars & Stripes 5K - 2nd Place ... Eh???
Missed a PR at the Stars & Stripes 5K by 39 seconds ... Success
Missed a PR at the Phoenix Marathon by 38 seconds ... Success!
Missed a PR at the Kansas City Half Marathon by 34 seconds ... Success!
Qualified for Boston for the 7th time at the Phoenix Marathon ... Success!
Felt like I was closest I've ever been to death in the Maui Marathon ... Fail!
Didn't do well with the altitude at the Denver Marathon ... Fail!
Think I might have actually been first at the Striker Life Half-Marathon, but there was a timing issue ... Eh???
Got meet my friend Bobby, and several others in the running community at various races ... Success!
So if you measure the year by wins, PR,s, BQ's, and the like ... it wasn't a bad year ... but I can do better. If you measure it by being relatively healthy, staying active at age 47, spending time with my wife who also works out and runs, and just overall enjoying life ... it was a huge success! Here's to another good year in 2016!
Be the fire.