“When you run with purpose, it’s a lot easier to run for a lifetime.”
That thought popped in my mind about 11 miles into a 16-miler. There were several other fleeting thoughts as the temperature soared above 80 degrees and I plodded my way along a canal path:
- My running has always been better when it was backed by purpose. I’ve never been satisfied to just go through the motions.
- Running with emotion — desperation, anger, joy or relief — has always fueled the best results.
- There’s few things that can compare to the medication of self-reflection during a long solo run. You can only focus on the things you can’t fix before you realize that the future is undetermined, and you can shape it.
Training over the past several months haven’t gone anywhere close to script. But there’s no reason dwelling on it.
Instead, it’s time to press the reset button and shape the future, one step at a time. Let go of what didn’t happen and focus on the possibilities of what can.
Today marks the first day of spring. It’s just 2 months until Fargo Marathon weekend. Grandma’s Marathon is just another month later. My sights are set on both, and I have 2 very different purposes in mind for them.
Here are some items to mark on your calendar:
- The See Dick Run Spring Road Mile is March 25 in Grand Forks. The race is open to all ages and abilities, and should be fun. See Dick Run is a top-notch running store that also hosts Thursday night group runs with Rhombus Guys in Grand Forks.
- A registration kick-off event for the Wild Hog Marathon will be April 9 at the title sponsor’s restaurant. Get early bird pricing for the fall Grand Forks marathon, which will try to top last year’s very successful inaugural 26.2-mile race.
- The Greg Grooters Memorial 5K will be April 29 in West Fargo.
- Set aside Tuesday, June 13, for the Fargo Brewing Company’s 5K. Looking to meet up with other like-minded runners? A regular running group meets at FBC every Tuesday evening.