Favorite Runs of 2007December 31, 2007 at 9:18 pm | Posted in Favorite Runs of 2007 | Leave a comment
My virtual friend, Amy, from Runner’s Lounge tagged me and asked me to write about my favorite runs of 2007. What a great idea, Amy! Thank you for thinking of me.
Well, my friends, this is really a tough one for me. My first inclination is to think of the races I ran, the very first of which occurred on January 1, 2007 at Mendon Ponds Park. This 7.5 miler is one of the most beautiful around and pretty darn challenging. I don’t think there’s 100 feet of flat ground throughout the entire course, and the rolling hills, horse farms, deer, and stately homes make for a very scenic run. Most importantly, the company of my friends made for lots of fun and that’s really what it’s all about!
February’s 20 miler in sunny Florida was another fantastic run. I rented my girlfriend’s condo on the ocean and Brendan and I enjoyed a glorious week of 65° to 70°days running and basking in the sun on the beach. I’ll never forget the morning I ran my 20 miler. When I started my run it was about 50° and the sun was just rising – glorious! My son took a picture of me when I returned (it happens to be the banner on my blog), and as you can see from the grin on my face, I had a wonderful run.
One hot day in July I set out along the Erie Canal Path for a run after dropping my son off at work. I really didn’t feel well but thought that a 5 mile run might help pick me up. To my good fortune, I ran right into my friend, JP. After stopping to chat for a few minutes, we decided to run and chat. He’ll never know just how much his company meant to me that day. JP loves to talk almost as much as me, and his conversation and cheerful nature helped me finish what would have been a tough run.
This post of favorite runs wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention the Rochester Marathon. What a perfect September day we enjoyed for this race! This was my first (and hopefully not my last!) experience running for a club on a relay team, and I must say, it was a blast. My women’s master’s team won first place in our division and earned the fastest time of all of the women’s relay teams. All of the Greater Rochester Track Club relay teams did great that day, and it was really awesome to feel supported by all of our teammates.