With one more road race left for me to run in 2011 (the Habitat for Humanity in Concord on New Year’s eve), I will have participated in 76 events this year, 17 more races than I ran last year, another milestone. I completed two this past weekend (12/11 and 12/12/11), the Jingle Bell run for arthritis (in Concord) on Saturday, and the Beaver Brook race in Hollis (a trail race) on Sunday. I feel exhilarated when I’m running. I can clear my mind and focus on the road or trail ahead of me, time my breathing, and try (but not always match) the mile splits I have written on my hand. I had a couple of personal bests this year but the real reward for me is the escape and relaxation I experience, and the camaraderie of runners gathering and tarrying after the race. The all-around good camaraderie of everyone who enjoys this sport is fuel for the soul. Also, most races raise money for a great cause or a worthy and valued not for profit organization, so, when we race, we’re combining fitness with helping out a worthy organization, a wonderful combination. Hope to see you out there!
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