Well for those of you out there who actually read this blog, I apologize for the lack of inactivity as of late. Those that don't know me should know this. When I have nothing to say I'm either not interested in anything or I'm in my lab with a pen and a pad, like Eminim would say. Planning my next season or race or adventure. Lately its been a bit of all that.
Concerning my running though I am starting to put it all together again, slowly. As far as this past summer is concerned. Its in the past. I've analyzed and Psychoanalyzed. Guessed and Second guessed to the point that it is now a dead issue for me. Its time to move on with the hope that I learned from the mistakes that I've made. Theres a quote I heard and I'm not sure if I'm saying it right but it goes something like this. "A champion learns nothing from winning a race. All that a champion has learned about winning he has learned from defeat." A very inspiring quote however it was meant to be read. I guess what it comes down to is how you take it.
I've learned so much this summer from so many different people and expieriences that I don't know where to begin the thanks. I've learned that in this tight knit running community that I belong there are shoulders to lean on when your exhausted and feel like you can't do it anymore. Thank you Olga. There are those out there who believe in your ability even in times when you yourself do not. Thank you Kansas City Trail Nerds. There are those who at crucial times make you realize that, its not always about you and that maybe you need to open your eyes and curb your childish ego back. A LOT. Thank you Good Ben. There are those who are your closest friends those who you share a common bond with. Either as the result of competition or a single moment in history where it was decided that this is what we were born to do. The kind of friends that do not criticize nor judge you. They accept you for you because they know it could just as easily be them going through a rough spot. Thank you Paul, Bob, Jeff ,Caleb and Willie.
Man; your all probably thinking Holy Crap! There he goes again getting all deep and shit. Not this time. I promise. I just wanted to thank everyone who has been there this past summer for me. Directly or indirectly.
All I can say is this. Finally I'm getting it figured out and things are starting to get better in life and in running. This past Saturday I ran the Rock Creek 25km. Ended up accomplishing all the goals I had set for myself. I ran a 1:57:10 on a tough course and found a way back onto the podium placing 3rd overall. Its not first but it'll do. It was also one of the best days I've ever had at a race from begining to end. Pre and Post race. I just had a great time.