I thought I had it out of my system! I ran for several years and really enjoyed it. But I reached a point where I felt “I’d been there done that.” So I thought I’d retire from competitive running. As it turns out I guess I was only taking a break! Little did I know!
So, how did it happen? After all the years of trying to get my grown daughter into running she finally entered the arena – after I had already quit! Then she started pounding me to run a race with her. So I started playing a game by telling her that I might be entering a race she was in, with no intention of entering. She likes the shorter distance stuff which I think is for young people and not for those of us over 50 runners. Short distances seem to be just a “speed only” race which lends itself to youth – in my opinion. With longer distance races it seems to level the playing field when strategy enters the field. That distance for me begins after 30 plus miles which is known as an ultra distance.
Then I get a message on my phone… Hey dad I’m running the McKay Hollow Madness trail race on Monte Sano, you in? Then in a moment of weakness I found myself on ultrasignup giving them my money and the training began. Only problem is the short distance of 7 miles – I don’t stand a competitive chance. Oh well, it’s a start and we’ll be running our first race together which will be awesome. As an added bonus my two son in law’s are running it as well. It’s a family affair.
Due to the date of the race I was not able to train as much as I’d like and hey it’s only 7 miles. I’ve run as far as 50 – but I was in great running shape. Not the case this time. The McKay Hollow Madness, like other races on Monte Sano, was a legit trail race. That 7 miles felt like a 7 mile climb! When I finished I realized I don’t need to run if I’m not in great shape.
When all was said and done I finished 42 out of 96 with 19 that DNF’d overall, and 10 out of 18 in my age group with 3 that DNF’d. In my age group only 3 were older than me that beat me. So, overall it was a good first race back from my running retirement. Plus and the real “win” was I got to spend time with my family!
So, what’s next? Well let’s just say I’m into some serious training and I have a race lined up and entry fee paid… Could be the longest distance I’ve ever attempted… Stay tuned…