2012 Recap: What Running taught me about Life ….

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gutting it out at CIM
1 – The spirit is greater. During this year’s California International Marathon, I was part of and witnessed how great the spirit truly is, not just the amazing physical strength of the runners for 26.2 miles, but the spirit and drive of the runner for 26.2 miles. This year’s CIM was wet, cold, and windy to say the least, but at the end of it all, runners had smiles on their faces and cheered on those around them to stay positive even with the 30+ mph head winds along the course. I found out that the spirit of the individual is greater than anything out of our control.
 
screen shot of message from a friend…
2 – Outside of my circle. Often times I thought that the only people who read my blogs, or kept up with my running were my running friends. 2012 brought me a sense that those I influence go beyond those you expect it to. This year one of my old high school friends, who I hadn’t spoken to in a long time, reached out to me via social media asking about running a half marathon. The power of running and living a healthy lifestyle goes beyond the people I talk to everyday or tweet with about running. I guess this moment reminded me something I always knew; your actions are always being recognized (positive or negative).
team “Run4Will”
3 – The (Will)power of one. This year brought a new experience in running. On the morning on Thanksgiving, I had the honor to push my godson William in a BOB stroller during a 10k run here in Sacramento.  Every run I participate in I always run for William as my “Run4Will”. This year my goal to “Run4Will” was different as friends and family members joined me to take on the 10k course. For some of the members of the 20-person team, it was the furthest distance or the first “official” race they have ever been part of. This is amazing that a person of 8 years old who will never be able to run or walk in their lifetime due to medical conditions has the power to inspire and motivate those who can. The Run4Will moment is a constant reminder to NEVER take anything in life we have for granted; the ability to walk, jog, and run is a GIFT! Use it now rather than keeping it in a box stored away for someone else.
my wife, son & I at the #SFM2012
4 – Running is only as great as my wife and son. Running is a great thing; there is no doubt about that. But those around me are greater than any course or time I could ever run. Those around me that are greater than any run, are my wife and son. 368 hours of running, training and racing. Not to mention the traveling and hotels, the sacrifices that are made for running. Without the amazing and supportive loved ones we have as runners, then running becomes null and void. The hours my wife and son spend away from me as I get my training miles completed, and not to mention the times in the cars or the hotels which they endure just to watch me cross a finish line. It takes special loved ones to support us crazy runners.
my wife & son at #SFM2012
5 – What I am training for. “What are you training for?” is a common question amongst runners. 2012 brought me a true sense of what I am really training for. In the spring of 2012 I was registered and scheduled to run the Big Sur International Marathon on Sunday April 29, 2012. I put all of the miles in and trained. I didn’t run the event not because I was injured, but because my son was born on April 27. This moment, while at the hospital with my son in my arms, I realized I am training for LIFE. Yes I train, to run races and finish 26.2 mile courses with hopes of being a Boston Qualifier, but the bigger picture is to live a healthy lifestyle as a role model to my son, where I want staying active to be part of something we do as humans.
I hope 2012 brought many of great memories for you as well. For me there is no greater feeling than finding out what I am beyond the miles and who I have become after crossing the finish line of any given race.  Remember running is more than right foot, left foot, repeating those steps until we get to the end of that run. Running is a beautiful gift. A gift that goes beyond a pair of shoes and a Garmin, it is a gift to getting more out of life, and learning more about us as human beings and as individuals. I am grateful for what running in 2012 brought me and look forward to what 2013 will have to offer.
I wish you a safe New Year’s Eve and a prosperous 2013. I hope to see many of you in 2013.

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