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.



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.

Pat said...


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.


Arizona, USA

ps. I thanked you on my blog as well.