Anyone of us who has even a passing interest in masters' competition has developed a love/hate relationship with time. My guess is that even those who claim not to care a wit about competitive running still sneak a peek at the results of the local 5K they just ran to see how they sized up against others in their age group.
We spend our time planning for the future or dealing with the past, and often fail to experience what's happening in the present. We are too busy to allow for idle moments as our thoughts grapple with the demands of our job, our family and our world. When we've thoroughly investigated and satisfied one subject, we jump immediately to another. Often the radio blares or the TV plays, so in the fleeting moments between mental tasks, we make sure something is there to occupy our brain. We're so engrossed in our obligations that we utterly fail to really see the world beyond our desk or outside our window. It's almost like we can't bear to let a minute be unprogrammed.
Freezing cold days, roads filled with snowdrifts, iced-over pavement. It's all part of winter running in this part of the country. On these forlorn days we dream about future races - marathons or 10Ks - in which we envision putting in best-ever efforts, lowering personal bests and winning medals.
As I approach my final semester as a public school teacher, I can't help but reflect on the state of fitness among today's adolescents. It is no big secret that childhood obesity rates are soaring. By some accounts, today's generation of school-age children will be the first in U.S. history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
"Nine," I responded when asked by the sports medicine nurse to "rate the pain in my left knee on a 1 to 10 scale." This was not good. I was sent to have my knees x-rayed and soon met with my sports medicine M.D.
A new race series has been created for marathoners to add to their list of running feats. The Great Lakes Marathon Series is a collaboration of 25 marathons in the U.S. and Canada that take place along North America's five Great Lakes.