I Miss The Chase

Early morning in Madison, WI – Ragnar Relay Chicago 2016

2020, man. I had so many plans for this year for the running team as well as myself personally. Running, admittedly, hasn’t been at the forefront. Part of that has been that motivation hasn’t been great. This year has just worn on me. My head hasn’t been where it should be to drive ahead and get the mileage in.

The other part has been life and work. Work has been insane. For those that don’t know me, I am responsible for the treated lumber sales of a national lumber and hardware cooperative. If you’ve not noticed, treated lumber, especially decking, is like toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic…you can’t find it anywhere. People have been at home and looking to improve their outdoor spaces since they’re spending more time at home. To say that my time working at home was nuts would be an understatement as well as increasingly frustrating because I couldn’t find product to sell. Additionally, I probably didn’t manage my time as well as I could have. I was so work focused that I just didn’t step away to get a run in to blow off some steam.

Then as well as now, with the kids home, the extra time we’ve had, we’ve spent with them. We’ve had more quiet nights snuggled up on the couch watching America’s Got Talent and The Titan Games than I can count and I love it. Now with the weather warmer and a new patio ourselves, we’ve spent a ton of time outside while the kids run through the sprinkler. It’s been so, so nice. The pace of life, at least at home, as slowed and I couldn’t be happier about that.

It’s about time for my running pace to stop slowing. 🙂 I’ve always done better with a target on the board. The picture above is one of myself from our second Ragnar Relay. I was the first runner for our team that day and it was a beautiful run. I miss those types of runs.

Being that today’s the start of July and I’ve struggled so mightily to get going, it’s time to focus on the Fort 4 Fitness. I’m as excited about this year’s race as any in awhile and determined to do well. It may not be the first one I’ll get to experience as things come back but I love that event. I’m not sure what it is. I think it’s a combo of being a huge baseball fan, proud of my town, and just the enjoyment of the event because it’s so well organized. Add it all up and it’s a wonderful time.

So here’s to the thrill of stretching your limits and feeling the breeze on your skin as the skin as, hopefully, the running community comes together again this fall. The target is on the wall now. I’m tired of being tired because I’m not in the shape I’d like to be in. I’m tired of not getting after it. The chase….it has begun!


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