When I look back upon my life the one constant over the last 50 or so years is that I have been a runner. Through career changes, raising children, marriages and whatever life has thrown at me — I have run.
No, I am not all that good of a runner, mostly middle of the pack, although I have delusions of grandeur from time-to-time. Then my actual running performances quickly bring me back to earth.
I will be writing from the perspective of someone you might know at your local club, see every so often running past you, or occasionally at races. A glimpse into the thoughts, fantasies, and mistakes that are part of life and being a runner. That guy who is older, but who ain’t giving up, can be a bit stubborn, and still wants to improve wherever he can.
While I am slowing down a bit with each year that passes, running is how I cope with the travesties of life and it also continues to teach me that I can do more than I think I can, when I put my mind to it.
Most of all it is about me believing that I still have a story interesting enough to share with you — about an aging runnah who attempts to keep about half a step ahead of the grim reaper on my journey towards that final bridge we all cross at some point having more than a few good laughs at my expense.
I think that the below quote by Haruki Murakami sums up better than I can my thoughts on why I run:
“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life – and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree.”Haruki Murakami
Writing here on Harold being Harold is my way of sharing my running and life adventures, err learning opportunities. Many posts will be mundane, others rather eclectic, but all written with at least one foot in reality. If you have a bit of imagination and don’t always see things from the perspectives others do, you will enjoy what I share with you.
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