Exercise, and especially running, has become an important part of my life. I generally do some form of exercise five or six days a week, and although it can be light like it right now, it can also be very intense when I’m in full blown training. Exercise has transformed my lifestyle from sedentary and chronically overweight into extremely active and physically fit. This new way of living has allowed my running to progress to a level that I would have thought impossible just two years ago! Well, it’s the last day of 2010, and I feel a need to reflect back on where my running has taken me.
Frozen Feat 10K Race: February 13, 2010
This was my first cold weather race, and only my second 10K. I finished the 6.2 miles in 51:27. Considering the fact that I was wearing cleats and lots of extra clothing, I felt very good about my time.
The Fargo Marathon: May 22, 2010
This was my first marathon, and a huge confidence booster for a 46 year old man who had been running less than a year! I completed the 26.2 miles in 4:39:20, making me part of the exclusive group called “Marathon Finishers” which make up less than 1% of our nations population. I will never forget the feeling of crossing that finish line!
Fall Frolic 10K Race: August 17, 2010
It was a warm evening when I ran the 6.2 miles in 49:16. My goal was to break the 50 minute mark, which I did, setting a new personal best for this distance. I felt like a seasoned veteran, starting out with my friend Becky, who was running her first race!
Bismarck Marathon: September 18, 2010
My second marathon in less than four months! I completed the 26.2 miles in 4:39:37, 17 seconds slower than my Fargo time. I was in better shape for this race, but made a few beginner mistakes that cost me quite a bit of time. I was a little disappointed, but knew I was improving, even if my time didn’t show it. It had snowed the previous evening, and it was 33 degrees at the start of the race.
FM Mini Marathon: October 9, 2010
My first half marathon, and what I consider to be my best race of the year. I covered the 13.1 miles in 1:50:18. Fellow Red River Runners Brian and Jessica both played an important role on this day. I wrote about Brian’s part a few days ago, and Jessica ran the entire race at my side. This was the first time I experienced a race with a running partner, and Jessica spurred me on to a faster time than I imagined possible!
It was a fantastic year of running, and I covered over 1,300 miles in the process! I plan on running in the Fargo Marathon again next year, and hope to complete it in 4 hours this time around. I hope to compete in more 10K races this coming year, and maybe even add in another half marathon (or two.) Maybe I’ll feel the urge to run a second marathon again next year too: The Twin Cities Marathon would be fun in October. Yes, running has changed my life! If I can do it after sitting idle for 20 years, I know anyone can! Maybe I’ll see you on the trails in 2011!