Training for a Fall Marathon
by, 07-Aug-2014 at 13:19 (345 Views)
I've been running for thirty five years now. I'm currently training for the Ottawa Army Run on September 21st. It's a fundraiser for veterans and families of military personnel.
After all these years, I sometimes think it's amazing that I can even get out of bed at five in the morning with any enthusiasm to run at all, after the countless thousands upon thousands of miles of feet hitting the pavement.
This morning was just one of those special mornings when I woke up and everything was feeling good, the cardiovascular, the leg strength, and the energy. It was a cool 12 degrees with the sun just starting to come up as I set out on a beautiful route, crossing the Corktown Footbridge to run along the west side of the Rideau Canal, working my way towards and around Mooney's Bay and back home again, this time crossing over at the Hartwell Lock's and passing through the Arboretum along the way.
The route itself was nothing out of the ordinary, but still it was an experience almost transcendental in nature and once again gave me an appreciation of where my life has taken me since I became a runner so many years ago. In 1984, I ran a personal best of 2:45 for a full length marathon. Today, I'm very much aware of the passing years, and that I can now only dream of posting a time like that. Those days are far behind me now.
Yet, on a morning like this, I just feel grateful to be alive, knowing that after all these miles and decades... I can still have a day like this.