Wednesday, December 11, 2019
I Am No Longer A Runner
It has been a long time since I've updated the RunInspired blog.
You will recall 2019 was a weird year for me as a runner. I am on pace to run about 2800kms for the year, but have not spent a single day training for a race in 2019. Because of travels through Europe and Utah and Arizona, my race schedule was non-existent. Throw in my daughter's wedding and the release of my new book (shameless plug, but it's a great Christmas gift for the Vancouver Canucks fan on your shopping list!), and the time for racing just was not there.
It turned out to be the best thing ever. I ran most of the year very easy. I ran aerobically, with a heart rate cap to guide me. It allowed me to have my best year of running since at least 2016 if not longer. I truly enjoyed my running all year. I believe I now have a superior aerobic engine that will allow me to excel.
It also gave me the opportunity to return to hiking. In the past few years I had to forgo weekend explorations on the local mountains - which I truly love - because I had to get long runs done. This year I returned to the hills with great anticipation. Returning to Maroon Mountain and my first ever summit of the intimidating Wesach Mountain and several trips up and down Thornhill Mountain highlighted a great hiking year. I achieved about 115,000 feet of vertical gain this year!
Of course I adventured throughout Europe too. When not hitting the Greek beaches or the Italian museums and eateries, I was summiting famous Mount Vesuvius, climbing the staircases of Kotor and exploring the fortresses of Croatia.
And twice we went to Utah and Arizona. Exploring Bryce Canyon starting at 12,000 feet of elevation and adventuring through Zion National Park were experiences of a lifetime. I love exploring these areas and can't wait to do more.
2019 has taught me that I am not a runner. I am more. I am an adventurer. Running is a big part of my life, but adventuring is who I am. While races and goals are good to have, races don't define me. Adventuring defines me. I am an adventurer!
With that in mind, I'm already eyeing up adventure opportunities for 2020, and that includes more time spent in the local mountains. I likely will return to racing in 2020, but the key goal will be having fun.
You see, that's what RunInspired is all about. Running gives us so much. But when we take all those good things we get from running and turn it into our everyday lives. We become more. We become RunInspired.
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