So it's my 37th birthday today, and I was able to start out the day with a 19-mile run in Emigration Canyon here in Salt Lake City with my running club, Locomotion. It is a tough run- starts with about a 7.5 mile uphill climb, followed by 2 miles downhill. Then we turn around and run back up the 2 miles, and then back down the canyon. It is one of those runs that can fill your heart with dread if your conditioning isn't quite up to par, but it's also a run that makes you feel sooo good when you're all finished. This morning I was excited for this run, because I know how great it is, and I knew I was up for the challenge.
Approaching this birthday has been a little hard, because I'm inching closer and closer to the big 4-0. But I have to say that as I climbed that last hill today, and flew down that mountain, even finishing the last three miles with an 8:30 pace, I felt young and invincible! 40 doesn't scare me- BRING IT ON!! As long as I can run, I can feel as young as I want to feel. (Besides, I get another 5 minutes added to my Boston qualifying time, so that's a good thing!) I have so many great examples in my club. There is one man who is almost 70, and he is running 5+ marathons this year with the goal of qualifying for Boston at each one. So far, he has done it. He is amazing. There are many others who have done similar things, including completing ironman triathlons after age 60, and the list goes on and on. It's so motivating to run with them, and to know that if I continue on this running path, I can be like them. It gives me the motivation to keep on running through many many more birthdays to come.
Happy birthday to me!!