The biggest challenge resulting from my move from the mountains of Wyoming to the concrete of Virginia hasn’t been what most people would think.
Yes, the constant noise and lack of quiet run routes without having to drive somewhere is unsettling.
Yet that hasn’t been the biggest challenge.
No, the biggest challenge has been that there are no mountains to the west of me.
When I put together a long run in Wyoming, I always knew the mountains were to the west of me. No matter where I started, there was always a landmark on the horizon standing up tall.
When I first began running a little over ten years ago, at age 46, I read everything I could find on running.
I signed up for my first marathon a month after my first 5K, found a training plan online, and went for it.
Along the way to successfully finishing the 2011 Marine Corp Marathon, I took the knowledge I gained. I scattered 5K, 10K, and half marathons through my training to prepare.
I continued to read and gain more knowledge.
I continued to run marathons and half-marathons, gaining more knowledge about running. I read books and articles. …
Combine the social destruction of the COVID-19 pandemic with the knowledge that healthy people survived contracting this virus much better, and you have a huge void waiting to be filled.
As people worldwide stopped going to the office, visiting with friends at local bars, or meeting up at the local coffee shop, millions looked for something to fill the void.
Many of those millions turned to running. An article on RunRepeat.com stated that exercise was up 88% and running up 117% during the coronavirus pandemic. “Exercise is up 88% during COVID-19 (12,913 person study).”
Many started running because they gained…
In the large city where I now live, the runners I come in contact with all seem focused on running faster and training to run faster.
When I run in the city, I’m still focused on my endurance and running long distances for long periods of time.
Then I went on vacation back to the foothills in the country where I fell in love with running.
As I ran this morning on a trail right outside town, I came around a bend and had to stop in the middle of a run.
When you run in some mountains and you’re finished for the day, you are exhausted from difficult climbs and ascents while at the same time in awe of the majestic peaks that surround you.
Having run the trail to almost summit 14,259 foot Long’s Peak in Boulder County CO to the always amazing views in Arches National Park UT to the equally as difficult The Priest on the Appalachian Trail of VA, I always leave these runs exhausted but a little intimidated.
But nothing sings, “come back again” like a day spent in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming.
Go to an ultra-marathon finish line and watch the competitors cross the finish line. The way the runners approach the line and then cross it is very much like how most people approach life.
Some runners may have just run the most demanding race of their life, but they see the finish line and everything else goes out the window as they sprint across the line. If nothing else, they’re going to look good as they cross that long-awaited finish line. When you talk with them afterward, they’re full of confidence and ready to sign up for the next one.
Everybody loves a good story. Until a couple of years ago, I had no idea that while running, the sound of my foot strike was telling me a story.
Taking the earbuds out and listening to the sound of my foot strike has given me the ability to run injury-free for the last two years.
Every once in a while, I would end a run and have a strange ache in my ankles. I would hobble around for a bit afterward, and it would eventually go away. Nothing about the discomfort seemed normal.
I asked a friend who had been…
When you first read that flatlanders can run hills with the best mountain runners, most likely you just threw the B.S. flag high in the air. The air up there is rarefied and virtually non-existent after all.
It will be more difficult, take a lot more planning, and take a little bit of patience. However, if you’re willing to put in the training, then you can crush your race in the mountains even if you live in the flatlands.
The reason most runners don’t crush mountain races when they drift to the lofty mountains all lies in the Six P’s.
By now, you’re waking up in Medium World to either the joy of receiving a $500 bonus in April or you’re in the Pit of Despair wondering if you have what it takes to someday be a writer and make an income worthy of your efforts.
There are at least 1000 articles being written yesterday and today about that wonderful, surprise bonus and rightfully so. Each writer that is expressing their joy about receiving said bonus deserves it.
Then there are the bitter articles being written by the writers who feel as though they were wronged in not receiving this…
I’ve finally arrived at your home, and I can’t wait for that first run with you, my new owner who will love me and take care of me for the rest of my life. I’m a little emotional laying in this cardboard box as you eagerly carry me into my new home.
My forever home. Ahhhh!
If you only knew what it took for me to get here to your house, ready to slip onto your precious feet and propel you to new lofty heights of running greatness.
The journey has been long and arduous, and many fine people have…
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