Welcome to Veteran Runnah

Welcome to “A Veteran Runnah”, my new blog, and yes this is an update to the original welcome post. I figured it would be appropriate since I returned to “A Veteran Runnah” on the 1st of December.

Yes I am from Maine and instead of “er” we say “ah” thus the term Runnah.

Running has been one of my passions for many years and it is something that has been a very important part of my life. It 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.

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, after I got cut from the J.V. soccer team and turned into a lifelong activity.

That also means I have been doing this “running thing” for a while. 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 Veteran Runnah?

I had arthroscopic knee surgery in May and I am returning to running after being away since February 2010, even then I considered myself a runner – I kept trying to run and see how far the knee would let me go – (shhhh don’t tell the TheWife what I was doing when I was walking the dog) it turned out that I was not able to run very far, until just recently.

So I will writing about:

  • how I am doing coming back to running
  • what I learn along the way.
  • Before I was injured I had just started doing a lot of local trail running and was loving it and as the knee gets better, I plan to make trail running a regular part of my running routine.
  • I don’t like to lift weights, but as my former trainer at the gym used to say, you gotta do’em and not just do cardio.  I know that and I do know that lifting weights 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.
  • Reviews on different shoes, clothing, techie stuff and other gear that I use when I am running.
  • I also plan to use “A Veteran Runnah” as my off-beat way of keeping my running log and a way to keep me honest about whether I am running or not. I am not as into numbers, totals or time like I used to be and a blog as my running log has a certain amount of appeal to me. Also if I do my log open to the public, you will hold me more accountable.

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) and plan to run outside, so that should make my return to running even more shall we say even more “interesting”.

Running is something I do and even though I no longer am a competitive runner. I love to run and when I am not running consistently there is a huge void in my life. Who knows maybe over the next couple of years, I might even enter a few races and see how I do.

I hope that you enjoy reading the “A Veteran Runnah” as much as I believe that I will enjoy writing heah.