Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year

Over the river and through the woods pretty much describes the past couple of weeks of my life. Jenny and I drove to Myrtle Beach to spend Christmas with her family, I drove up to Vienna, VA to visit my son and his family, and Terry and the twins drove to Chicago to celebrate my father's 80th birthday.

I ran some. Didn't run some. Walked a little. Rested a little. Mostly, I just enjoyed the time with friends and family.

Being a runner, or being a recreational athlete, means - at this point of my life - finding the balance between obsession and sloth. For me, that's not an easy balance to find. One the one hand, I spent 40 plus years overindulging in everything I did that was unhealthy. On the other hand, I spend nearly 10 years overindulging in something that was supposed to be healthy.

It's the tendency to think that if 3 of something is good then 10 must be better. That's not always true.

So, my goal for 2007 - it's not a resolution - is to run a little bit more, eat a little bit less, and to find a way to sneak up on being 60 years old in two years.

John

3 comments:

Wendy said...

Happy New Year John!

I am 26 years old and new to running. For the past nine weeks I have been training for my first 5K, and yesterday I ran the whole thing! My chip time was 39:53 and I was so pleased!

I will soon be training for the Indy Mini and I am very excited to hear you speak at the dinner.

Thanks for being such an inspiration.

Happy running,

Wendy from KY

Sam said...

Happy New Year John.
I echo Wendy's inspiration from you segment. I'm trying to stay somewhat in shape this winter so I don't have to do my usual "starting over" gig this spring.
Trotting along okay and am very grateful to be able to walk much less run.
Sam

Pat said...

John,

It was a pleasure meeting you last night at REI. It capped a wonderful weekend. Running my first 1/2 marathon at the PF Chang's Arizona RnR, meeting you and getting a complimentary entry to the Valley of Gold Half Marathon in Tucson.

Thanks,

Pat
Arizona, USA

ps. I thanked you on my blog as well.