I used to be a pretty avid runner. I "ran" cross country back in high school and all the pitchers on my college team had to run 100 miles during the winter months. I use the quotation marks because I am not the fastest guy when running long distances. My high school coach described me as more of a plodder.
Running was never something I thought I would continue to do as an adult, but I found it to be a great way to relieve stress and do some of my best thinking. Plus, it allowed me to pretty much devour whatever I wanted without gaining a pound. Bonus!
In my 20's and early 30's I used to run in 5K races all the time and I've even done a half marathon, but my knees don't care for the unrelenting pavement much anymore. The last few summers I have taken to walking, hiking or a running everyday, but I was only running two or three times a week and never more than three miles at a time. I love being outside and there are a couple of great spots to hike locally.
When I saw a fellow blogger was promoting a virtual 5K for a good cause I thought, "I should do that." I'm don't move nearly as fast as I did twenty years ago, but I've found running still provides a great outlet for stress. And let's be honest, 2020 has induced its fair share of stress.
I had been continuing my habit of walking/hiking/running like summers past, so I wasn't completely starting for ground zero. I laced up the running shoes and logged a 5K. I chose a really poor day to run (the humidity in the midwest can be horrible) and wasn't happy with my time, but I sent it in. A few days later, when I didn't need scuba gear to breath, I ran again and chopped a little over 4 minutes off my time. I was pretty proud of myself, but by then I had gotten wind of another blogger's time, we'll just refer to him as PKS, who blew my doors off. I wasn't going to win any trophies for this 5K! LOL (I should also give props to TLC, who just clipped me at the virtual finish the line. Nice job!)
Regardless of the outcome, thanks to Tony for getting my competitive juices flowing again. I was happy to participate and I wish his wife the best of luck with future fundraising events.
I received a little thank you from Tony just the other day.
Any kind of movement is good movement if you ask me. I've really been getting into disc golf lately as well. How about you? Are you a runner/plodder, hiker, biker or walker?