Slow, but consistent.
by on Friday, May 17, 2013  (4 comments)

In a couple of days it will be 3 years since I last had a day without a run. I wasn't planning that; it just happened. For the past 15 years I've been nothing but consistent. Usually missing a few days a year, often going 16 or 18 months between days off.

This streak owes more to the fact that I switched my weekday runs to the early morning than to any other factor (perhaps luck, life hasn't gotten in the way either). Little stops me from going for a workout at 5 or 6 in the morning!

At 55 I've come to accept that my PB's are in the past. Yet, I step out the door every morning, without racing goals, able to enjoy the act of running for its own sake. It took a long time to accept that! I struggled as I slowed; thought of giving up on the sport.

In a way I did give up on the sport; I haven't raced in 3 years, but I didn't give up on the activity (logging 2-3 thousand miles a year without a goal race in sight). And after struggling with the frustration of slowing as I age; I'm starting to feel motivated to race again, my new age group means new pb's. I may race again I may not, but I'll still get out the door every morning.


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Randy, that's great! I know we talk a lot about the competitive side here but I think most of us would say running is a lifestyle, more than just a competitive pursuit. However, how do we really know what we would do if we gave up racing? I give you big credit for moving beyond your competitive years without giving up running and, if competing enters the picture again in the future, that's just fine.

I'm very impressed by your streak and consistent volume, given no competitive goals. There are a lot of competitive runners who don't hit that volume. Obviously, you've found a deeper incentive than competition, which is absolutely great.

I think I'm going through some of what you mention in terms of accepting your PRs in the past. I've come to accept that my own are also in the past but I have to admit I still find myself thinking "this is a really good run" only to moments later think about what it would be 10 years ago. Running 1/2 mile repeats at 5:40 pace, only to think I once did 2 mile repeats with shorter recoveries at sub-5:20 pace. Running 17 miles in around 2:10, only to think of the 20 mile runs I've done in roughly the same amount of time and how easy they felt. I know this isn't productive and I'm trying to stop it. I've actually been thinking of writing a blog post on this very thing. It's tough to overcome but, while remembering your achievements is great, it is important to accept that they are history at some point.

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That is great Randy!! you have an excellent motivation go get out day in and day out!! I think that morning running just guarantee almost 100 % consistency(once you beat the bed of course), I have been pretty inconsistent in the past weeks/months, I just need to become a predawn runner once again!! Any ideas?

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Andrew A.

I salute your dedication!

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My question is how you have stayed healthy enough for the last 3 years to preserve that streak? Welcome back to racing!

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