As I write this now, I still don't know where I stand or what role I want running to have in my life. As I look back over the past twelve and a half months since I first started to run, I can see that my motivations have changed. I can see that my outlook has changed. I can see that my goals and my expectations have changed. And I am pretty sure that they will continue to change as I grow as a runner, as an athlete, and as a person in the next twelve, too.
As my plan for running takes shape, I'll keep posting blogs here. All I can say for now is "stay tuned."
Even without a clear running goal, I have been staying busy with running and fitness activities. As you know from my last blog, I co-coordinated and participated in my first two-day trail race. I also ran the Spokane Indians 8K Pennant Race on July 24th, and I improved my time from my last 5 mile race. My official time for the 8K was 57:27. (I know they are technically different distances and that I got a PR for this 8K, but my joy comes from seeing the improvement from the 5-miler that I ran in October when I clocked in at 1:00:07.)
I also went to the Spokane River one day and hiked a good four or five miles. I found a nice little spot in the middle of the river to day-camp on. I caught some fish, drank a beer in the sun, and then hiked back to my car.
(This video was taken from my cell phone, which should explain the quality.)
And I biked the farthest I have ever biked - 32 miles - on Saturday. (And on Sunday, I biked another 10.25 miles, despite some very sore body parts.) In the process, I found out that I am capable of things that I didn't know that I had in me... and equally important, I questioned what else I have in me that is hiding out, waiting to be discovered.
I am enjoying my fitness journey and look forward to where it is going to take me.