I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple weeks but man I’ve been busy….
On April 30th, I ran the Frankfort Half Marathon which is a small race in the South Chicago Suburbs. I’m not going to write a big review of it because I ran the inaugural one last year and the course, packet pickup, finisher’s medal and everything else about the race was pretty much the same this year (although the rain held off until the very end of the race this time around, which was pretty nice). It’s a fun race and if you’re interested in running it, check out my original review to learn more.
The reason this race was significant for me was because it was my 50th half marathon…. and coincidentally, the day before was the tenth anniversary of my first half, which I trained for on part of the Frankfort Half Marathon course… Talk about coming full circle. Mixed somewhere into all those years are seven marathons and a few hundred other races of various distances.
My goals have changed over the years, and I seem to constantly be adding new ones, but something that’s always amazed me is how running has become a cornerstone of my life and how many other experiences I’ve had because of it. The last ten years have been an awesome journey of running, traveling, writing and meeting some great friends. A few highlights:
- Running down Music Row in Nashville, across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, through vineyards in Napa and Sonoma and all of the Disney theme parks in Orlando.
- Running through a variety of sports stadiums like The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lambeau Field, Soldier Field, Wrigley Field and the Churchill Downs infield while Kentucky Derby horses warmed up on the main track.
- Having a corrupt Tanzanian police officer send me and a group of runners off in the wrong direction during a marathon and almost getting lost in an African village
- Running two half marathons in two different states in the same day
- Running through cold, driving rain in Alaska and finding myself face to face with an angry moose
- Struggling to run over the top of a mountain at 10,000 feet elevation and an 11% grade in Aspen, CO and then feeling amazing when I finally crossed the finish line.
- Writing four books, speaking at race expos, hosting my own runs and building relationships with some great brands.
- Watching my daughter Sara take an interest in running and start running with me.
So I really just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the likes and encouraging comments you always leave on my blog posts and social media pics. Here’s to the next 50 races and here’s hoping that you’ll all reach your goals too.
If you ever see me at a race, make sure to say hello.