The Topic for today is: Tell us why you’re thankful for running this year!
There have been no PRs and the slowest running paces ever but running has definitely made a positive impact on my life this year.
- Health and Fitness
I always credit running as the reason that I don’t gain (much) weight and I rarely get sick. But this year (with COVID-19), it became even more important.
Running got me outdoors several times each week.
I also tried to run at least TEN miles each weekend for the first time. Even when there were no races to train for, there were also not many activities on my schedule (so why not?)
In addition to running each weekend, we brunched together after each run and we scheduled weekly evening hikes.
By seeing each other frequently, we definitely bonded more this year. I feel that I know each runner better.
I did not run very many races but I did get away for several race-cations.
I had an amazing real race and other shenanigans in Bermuda.
I normally run quite a few races in NYC. I got one in. One is better than none, right?
And although the race was cancelled, my friends and I spent four fabulous days in NH.
- Half Marathon Record
I had planned to run 12 half marathons in 2020 – one per month. The Pandemic, obviously, made that pretty much impossible.
Still I had never run more than 6 in one year (2016 & 2017).
This year, I ran 9!! A New Record.
- Fred Lebow, 2. ZOOMA Bermuda, 3. NYC Virtual, 4. Social Challenge Virtual, 5. Steel Rail Virtual, 6. Unofficial Palio Virtual, 7. Smuttynose Virtual, 8. ZOOMA Amelia Is Virtual, 9. Upstate Classic
- Coping with Tough Times
Unfortunately I lost two close friends to cancer this year. Another friend is currently experiencing complications from serious heart surgery, my mother-in-law, who was in the hospital for a few days, and unfortunately COVID has hit my immediate family. (Hopefully I’ll have good news related to this and will share that on the blog.)
Running has been there when I needed it.
- My Virtual Friends
All of you who read my blog even if I have never gotten to meet you, I am thankful for your support.
Hopefully, our paths will cross in the future.
I’m also linking up here:
Happy Running! How are you thankful for running this year? Please share.