Mile stones

   April 10, 2012 4:32 am

 

As a, ahem, veteran mature master 15-year runner,  there aren’t really any running milestones I haven’t passed. I’ve done all the distances from 5K to marathon. I’ve raced nearly every local race in the Erie area at least once. And a 12-mile run at Presque Isle is just another Saturday morning.

So I have to get my runners’ high from the newbies and, thankfully, I never seem to have a shortage of them in my life. I truly love hearing listening to them and feeding off their excitement when they accomplish something they never thought possible.

I recently got a note from a friend who found a unique way to remember the longest run she had ever done.

“Did 12 miles all by my lonesome today. Did a Forrest Gump thing and said,  “I’m heading out for a run. I’ll call you after a little while.”  I called them after an hour and said, “I’m still going…” Checked in at an hour and a half later, and again two hours later. I made it from my house to Freeport Beach in 2 hours and 13 minutes. I picked up a beach rock for a souvenir–wrote TWELVE on it and the date. It was the coolest thing I ever did.”

That last line kinda choked me up.

I found myself thinking about her miles stone when I ran the next morning and, suddenly, the  routine, ho-hum morning 6-miler that I’ve been running for a dozen years didn’t seem so routine or ho-hum.

I love that.

* Do you, too, love encouraging and/or just listening to newbies talk about running?

* Ever find your runs rejuvenated by a newbie?

* Don’t you love the idea of picking up a rock to mark your personal running milestones?

 

 

 

 

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