There are no crowds here. It's just me and the lonely, cold road. Winter in Michigan may not seem too inspiring, but to me, I'm pumped for a new season of running.
It's been a few years since I've run my last marathon. I've run half marathons in 2007 & 2008, but it's been since 2005 since I ran my last full marathon. Foot surgery in 2006 and work insanity since have been barriers. Not now though. No more sidelines for me. I'm ready to get back on track!
It begins now. Despite the unpleasant weather conditions, I'm thrilled to be outside and invigorated with a new mission. Why not? I can run. I can stretch to new limits. This is the beginning of a new route. Call it a renewal. Call it whatever, but the time is now to make the commitment and reach for new heights. I should do this everyday.
As many runners know, running is more than just running. The possibilities. The opportunities. There is so much to run for and so many places and experiences ahead. I feel great. What an exciting new adventure to look forward to!
It looks like this year's marathon for me will be the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. It seems very appropirate on so many levels. A victory lap through our nation's capital. Veterans. Runners. Family. Friends. I can hear the cannon fire now. Imagine crossing the finish line. I'll remember this beginning and all the points in between. The finish will be so sweet!
Join me on the journey. It starts now! Run with me as we head out on new adventures. I now know the endpoint to strive for, but I'm sure to enjoy the path from here to there. Thanks for pacing me. We'll be sure to enjoy the path along the way!