Why Add Running to One Foot In Reality?

Marine Corps Marathon – 1983

Running has been a passion of mine for many years and it is something that has been a very important part of my life. I originally started a niche blog that focused on running, but as I thought about it and got feedback from others, running is an important part of my life and I don’t want to separate it out from my personal blog.

No – One Foot In Reality is never going to be professional blog that brings in anything more than accidental money, it is a personal blog for my wife and I to practice our writing skills and to give others a chance to glimpse into our lives. So with that being said – running has become one of the categories that we will write about on One Foot In Reality.

Running to me really is part of simplifying our lives and we have made it a higher priority part of our retirement, now that we have the time to do it, without feeling pressured to get it done at odd hours or times after we get done work.

Thinking back running has helped me through some very tough times, is part of some fantastic memories and allowed me to meet some very interesting people that I never would have otherwise.  That is why I love to write about my experiences with it.

It has been how long?

I have been involved with organized running since the summer of 1971 when I began training for my high school cross country team during my Freshman year – thank you Jay Brown. It was supposed to be something todo to get ready for basketball season and turned into a lifelong activity.

That means I have been doing this “running thing” for a while – over 40 years of experience isn’t too bad. I guess that I can now in good conscience call myself a veteran runner.

During my running career, I have seen the highs of being fairly competitive, finishing a marathon, meeting some really great people and the lows of being injured for extended periods of time and then fighting to come back to being a runner again.

What can you expect from me adding running?

Writing about my comeback attempt after a couple fairly serious injuries, ending when I had arthroscopic knee surgery in May.

I have had quite a few false starts (running for a while, then having to stop again), so now after being out for almost 4 years, I am returning to running. Even during this period I have always considered myself a runner, just one on the long-term disabled list and did things like being the assistant coach for my school’s cross country team to keep in contact with the sport.

I will writing about that trials and successes that I have coming back and what new things that I learn along the way.

Before I was injured the first time, I had just started doing a lot of local trail running and was loving it. As the knee gets better, I plan to make trail running a part of my regular running routine. Trail running just seems to be a natural extension of what I really enjoy – being out in the woods a lot and seeing nature in all of her glory.

Not that I enjoy the face-plants and barrel rolls that seem to happen when you trail run, but when you get back to the parking with blood running down your knees, pine needles sticking out of your hair and mud in places you would rather not think about and the guy getting out his car says to you “good run huh?” and you look down at yourself and go “yep, good run” and look up with a big grin, it is priceless.

Yes I will even be talking a little about lifting weights, which I happen to think sucks! However, it does help and I am doing some – not as much as I should, but more than I used to.

Reflections on different parts of my running career, both the highlights and the lowlights. I have plans for a series that will span the decades that I have run.

Reviews on different shoes, clothing, techie stuff and other gear that I use when I am running, when I can afford new stuff :-).

I also plan to use my blog as an off-beat way of doing my running log. I am not as into numbers, totals or time as I used to be. Writing a blog post as my daily running log has a certain amount of appeal to me and is a holistic approach to my log – yes I still have a Google Spreadsheet that I use to track some stuff, so I haven’t completely gone away from numbers.

Since my daily running log will be open to the public, I will feel guilty if I don’t post my daily running results. If I have too many in a row, I can’t say I didn’t realize that I hadn’t run in a while.

Finally, I run year round, which isn’t always easy up heah in Maine, this year I don’t have access to a treadmill (I retired and didn’t renew my gym membership – that $$$$ thing) and plan to run outside, so that should make my return to running even more shall we say “interesting” and some of those runs and posts this winter should be rather entertaining.

The reality is that

running is something I do and even though I no longer am a competitive runner (never was that good either if I want to be totally honest), I do love to run.  When I am not running consistently there is a huge void in my life and it has been this way for far too long, now I am starting over and it feels great to just be running again.

I hope that you enjoy my adventures during my return to running, I know that I am excited about it.