So here we are, the year 2020. Like most people, the end of a year brings reflection, with reflection brings to mind all the things that went right in 2019 and the not so right. The amazing adventures, the sights, the accomplishments and surviving difficulties. If I were to say that 2019 sucked, that would be a very generalized and knee jerk response. There was plenty to love about 2019 (we’ll save that for another blog though.) The truth of it is that 2019 had set backs for me physically. I struggled with my running right at the beginning of the year. Numerous body parts were giving me problems. I tried to get back to the gym and get stronger and that led to an injury that would sideline my running for many weeks. It also brought about a fight with pneumonia. The whole while I was going through this, I began to wonder if I’d ever step to the starting line of another race as a runner.
I recovered from my injuries and went to the West Coast to do the Big Sur 21-miler with my bride. I anticipated walking, but found the runner in me was in need of showing up…at least for a little while. I gave my wife all that I had to finish that race and walked away content. Knee and calf problems plagued my training pretty much anytime I attempted to run distance. I decided to keep myself healthy and continue to train as a walker. Walking kept me sane and I found a new love for something I’d looked upon as failing while being a “runner”. There is no failing as long as you’re moving. Starting something and completing the task is what’s important. This was a good lesson for me and a welcome one. By the end of 2019 I’d covered over 1,600 miles via walking and running. There is no quit in this body, only adapting to whatever life throws my way.
This brings us back to the now…2020 and what challenges I’ve set myself up for. I’m currently back to the gym, I’ve dug out my journal for monitoring food intake and have found that I’m able to run again. I’m cautious and hopeful that with time and training, I’ll be able to knock out the events I’ve signed up for in good form.
My personal goals are as follows:
- Drop some weight. (the body functions better when it’s leaner and you’re feeding it properly. I have a better chance of staying injury free if I’m not crushing my frame)
- Finish multiple marathons this year. I know what you’re thinking…I said I’d never run another marathon…lol! My wife reminds me of this on a regular basis (sorry Honey) I feel that I have unfinished business and something to prove. Not to anyone else, just myself. I’m 53 years old and still think that I can achieve anything I put my mind/body to. The marathon is a serious challenge to all aspects of your life. It demands work, work on all levels, and I’m ready to do it!
- Allow myself to walk. If you see someone on a race course walking, it doesn’t make them any less of a runner/athlete. This is part of my reflection from 2019. I can walk if and when needed and still cross the finish line. My medal will look the same, shirt will have the same wording on it, and my body just might feel a bit better getting the break.
- Give everything I have at every moment to achieve true happiness. Nothing more needs to be said with that.
Some of the challenges that are already on the calendar. Utah/Zion Half Marathon! We were scheduled to run this in 2019, but I decided to screw up the plans by breaking. We deferred to 2020 and on Leap Year (February 29th) Karla and I will step to the starting line of what should be a beautiful half marathon. This is a state we’ve not been to and have plans to go out early and do some hiking in the park prior to race day. Yippee!
The Glass City Marathon! The home town streets are calling me and while I’ve been in this event over the years, I’ve never claimed a medal for doing the entire Full Marathon. So in my 35th year of running, I’m finally going after that bling! There’s a 6 hour cut off for the course, so I’m going to have to work hard to get myself in shape for a finish. Challenge accepted!
The Dayton Air Force Base Marathon. I walked this course with my sisters some 20 years ago. Leanna, Patti and I finished it in 6:09…again, 20 years ago exactly…come September. My sister Gini and I went back a year or so later and walked it again! This race holds a special place in my heart and I have nothing but great memories with all of my siblings out there. I can think of no better race to go and celebrate our lives together than this one. It will be a walk/run mix and the object is to just have fun!
I’m eyeballing a few other local events, but will save all that for another blog entry. I know my stepping away has probably lost me some support, but I wanted to get back on here and let everyone know that Zombie still lives! The RunZombieRun title is still something I’m very proud of.
So, what does 2020 have in store for you? What is it that you feel you need to go after? I’m always listening and willing to have chats with anyone that is in need. I’m hopeful that by me getting back on here and sharing, it’ll motivate some of you to step up and challenge yourself this year. Find that inner child and just get after it!
I’ll continue to post on my RunZombieRun Facebook page, post pictures on Instagram and I’ll be better about doing blog entries…lol! I also would ask that you all hold me accountable for staying after these goals. If you see me, let me know you’re watching…lol! (Stalker) If I know others are cheering along, it just makes the whole thing a touch sweeter.
I’ll see you on the road…