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The Lucky One




This past weekend, I went to Wisconsin to pace a friend for the last 38 miles of a hundred mile race. I was concerned that he would not be able to finish because he had just completed a 150 mile event two weeks prior.  He did not make the cutoff time, in order to be allowed to finish, so the only running I got to do was the 5 or 6 miles I ran when I went out to find him.  Also, I had run a little over two miles earlier in the day just to make sure I ran some.  I've been running more miles recently, just because I can. 

I was so disappointed when I was no longer able to run a sub 20 5k.  For quite awhile, I was sure I would be able to get back to that place.  A few more sessions of speedwork, a couple more tempo runs, just a little more effort and I would be back to the runner I had been.  I didn't ever find the magic formula that would bring me back. 

During the time when I was running out to find my friend and make sure he got back to the aid station, it occurred to me how very fortunate I am to be able to continue to do this thing, that has brought so many positive things into my life.  I can't run a 5k or 10k in the time I once was able to but I was prepared to run and walk 38 miles.  This is something I shouldn't take for granted.  Many people are unable to do this and (rumor has it), I won't be able to do it forever.


As with many things I think about when I run, there is a larger context; this is applicable to so much more than running.  There are many things that I am able to do, at this stage of my life, that I will not always be able to do.  I have been fortunate.


The runner formerly known as King Coffee

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We are definitely lucky to be able to keep running. Sorry your friend didn't make the cutoff.

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Really appreciate this right now, since I'm not able to run and just hoping to get back on the roads at least once more before I hang up the Hoka's for good.

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I agree, there are always many things to be thankful for if we choose to think about it.

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