Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Runner Maturity

Nite Train at 3 1/2 years old
     It's hard to believe that I have been running for almost 3 1/2 years.  Seems like I just started yesterday; and then sometimes it seems like I have been doing this all my life.  I guess that just means that the runner has always been in me.  After my first half marathon in 2011, I considered myself in my running 'toddler' stage.  Still a baby, still learning, exploring.  By the time I completed my first full marathon last year, I had entered runner puberty I guess you would say.  Three full marathons later, I'm still trying to enter manhood while making plenty of dumb mistakes just like a teenager would make along the way.  Taking chances, being a daredevil.  I was just thinking today of how I'm starting to make better decisions, better choices, planning for the long haul in my running career rather than just looking toward the next day or the next week.   Earlier today, I was all excited and geared up to run when I got home from work.  The weather has been less hot (notice I didn't say cool) than it usually is in July.  But, my legs have felt just a tad bit overworked all day, due to I went at it pretty hard on yesterday's run.  So instead of getting out there on the pavement anyway, like I probably would  have done six months ago when I was a "mileage ho", I listened to my body and decided to chill out.  I'm sure I will be refreshed tomorrow morning and will have a better run and possibly prevent the onset of an injury.  Live to run another day. Time to man up.



  1. Aww baby Nite Train! Nite Caboose?! Hmmm. Glad to hear you're making better running decisions. :) I think I've yet to get there.

    And "mileage ho". BAHAHAHA thanks for making me smile!