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Why My 100th Marathon Will Be My Final Marathon!

I love running and I love running marathons.  It has been 25 years since I crossed the finish line of my first ever marathon in Los Angeles on March 5, 1989.  Today, I have a total of 99 completed full marathons, and on May 4th I will cross the finish line of my 100th and final, marathon at the Colorado Marathon in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Ready to Finish Marathon 100

People who know me well really don’t believe I’ll retire from marathoning.  I even have a bet with a friend (which I can never win) that if I was to run another marathon I’ll owe him $100.  If I don’t, well, I can never collect.  Pretty much a “sucker’s bet!”  Never said I was smart!  Some are quick to say “Shut-up, I’ve heard this before and will see you at 101!”  But I’m telling you, it will not happen.

A Runner May Not Live A Day Longer, But Will Live A Longer Day!

 

I Live a Longer Day!

 

When my brother was in his running prime, he would say, “A runner may not live a day longer, but will live a longer day.”  This saying resonated with me ever since.  There are many reasons why I believe this saying is true, specifically due to running’s positive effects on your health, both physically and mentally.

In my late teens and early 20s, I smoked and ate junk food, meat and potatoes, and beer, were the main staple of my diet.  I’d light up the second I woke up, and sometimes even light up during a meal.  Yuck!  I didn’t focus on my health; it didn’t matter, I was invincible.  Fact is, if you buy a new car and beat it to death, it will run great for a while, however, at some point the abuse catches up and it falls apart.  If I would have continued down the path I was on, chances are I would be in extremely poor physical and mental health today, and therefore leading a miserable life.  Fortunately, I chose the path of a healthy life, and my life has been truly fulfilling.  The bottom line; if you don’t have your health, you have nothing.  Health is more important than all the money in the world.  I am glad I found running and chose the healthy path!

The “InVinceAble” 2013 Colfax Marathon

Sometimes, it takes a few weeks for me to digest a trip and/or a marathon before I can write about it — but this was not a normal trip and certainly not just another marathon. That said, a few weeks ago I went back to my home turf in Denver to run the Colfax Marathon, but this marathon would have special meaning.  It was to show support for a friend and fellow runner, Vince DiCroce, as he continues to battle brain cancer.

Colfax Marathon

As the plane landed at DIA, I was excited that I would soon see many of my friends.  I’ve been living in Maui for almost a year already, and have been able to keep up with many of them through Facebook. I was also excited that I’d be able to pick up some new running gear and supplies from my favorite running store Runners Roost, a luxury since we have little access to running stuff on the island. My current running apparel was getting a little worn out.

Runners Remembering Boston – Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things!

It’s been a week since the unfortunate events in Boston. It’s been a week of tragedy, pain, fear, drama and even relief.  Most importantly,  through it all we’ve witnessed the rise of heroes and the full beauty of the human spirit.  Some were actual runners who had just put their all in for four hours to complete 26.2 miles of endurance, pain and fatigue, only then to unselfishly continue on to aid others in need; the human spirit showing its finest form.  Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

We then witnessed throughout the week dedicated professional law enforcement giving their all towards their work, working tirelessly for hours and days until the residents of Boston were safe and the country could breathe a sigh of relief.  Not to be discounted were the citizens of many communities coming together to assist.  These true heroes displayed love for their job, community and fellow man – another display of the human spirit in its finest form.

Our little part to remember Boston!

Our little part to remember Boston!

Want to Step Up Your Running? Join a Running Group!

So you want to step up your running?  Want to get motivated?  Want to get faster?  Want to make some new, like-minded friends?  Then join a running group!  It can do the trick!  Why Not?  Spring is around the corner and local running groups are probably just now gearing up.  Who knows, you could even find yourself running a half or full marathon by this fall!

Join a Running Group

Join a Running Group

My first experience with a running group was back in 2001.  I moved to Reston, Virginia, from Denver to be with my now wife, Debbie. David, whom I ran all 50 states with, said, “That’s it, you will never be back.”  We were only 22 states into our goal of 50 states, and I’m thinking, how am I going to maintain my marathon training and how in the world are we going to complete all 50 states?  So, before I moved I searched the web for running routes in Reston and actually found a running group, the Reston Runners.  This running group was a godsend to me and really transcended my running to a new level.  Not only did I discover wonderful running routes, but I actually became a better runner.  And, best of all, I made several new friends.

Post-Run Social Time! A Universal Tradition Among Runners!

In my opinion, running is so much more than just throwing on your running shoes and hitting the road or trails for a few miles.  The benefits of running well exceed the physical, and definitely capture the mental.  Runners use mostly four of the five senses when running — sight, hearing, smell and feel!  Taste, though, is reserved for after the run.

Nothing Like Social Time after a Run!

Whether you’re running with a friend, a group of friends, or an organized running group, there’s a very good chance when you’re finished with your awesome run, there’ll be some social time.  It’s a tradition among runners.

I’m a morning runner, which usually means my social time will involve a place that serves a good cup of joe and some sort of breakfast food (of course, beer and burgers is the food of choice for evening runners).  It’s amazing how many friendships are cemented and incredible stimulating conversations occur during the post-run social time.  This is that special time when you get to know more about the folks you spend so much time running with mile-after-mile.  Post-run social time is sometimes as important as the run itself. It’s the healthy cigarette after sex!  True satisfaction!

In”VINCE”ible – Sending Good Vibes a Fellow Runner’s Way!

Each day we wake up and never know what the day will bring.  It seems the older I get, the more it is drilled into me, almost daily, that you need to live each day as if is your last.  The saying, “life is short” is so true, although we all think we have forever.

There are people I look up to, who motivate and inspire me, and most of them are a secret only to me.  But today I am going to share one of them with you, and ask that you keep him in your thoughts and send good vibes his way.  He’s in the fight of his life and he is tough, very tough, and I have no doubt in my mind he will overcome and win.

Dave Longcope, Vice DiCroce,  Jim Lynch

MY 2013 RESOLUTION – KEEP RUNNING

Running has been in the fiber of my being for several years, 25 to be exact.  Now, however, when the new year comes around, I don’t even think of resolutions that pertain to running.  Now a days, running is more of an enjoyment than an annual competition with myself, and I like it that way.  I just want to keep running!

Running Resolutions

I no longer get wrapped up in extensive regimented training, but don’t get me wrong, I give every run, training run and race my all.  I still prepare for marathons by doing my long runs, speed and hill work.  However, I no longer get wrapped up in trying to set a personal best or to qualify for Boston.  I’m just happy that I’m still running, especially injury free.  I just want to keep running!

When I’m at the start line of a marathon, I know I will end up at the finish line… eventually.  I also know it won’t be my personal worst.  Believe me, I still have my fierce drive and laser mental focus, and I still get that exhilarating feeling every time I cross the marathon finish line.  I just want to keep running!

Meeting New Runners – Always a Pleasure!

Meeting New Runners

When you are away from your running family, there is a void — a missing link.  Your running group is comparable to the TV show Cheers, a place where everyone knows your name.  You feel comfortable, relaxed, accepted and happy.  When you’re away on travel or a vacation, although you still probably get in your miles, it’s just not the same.  Things are missing such as your motivation, mental focus, competitiveness and overall connection you have when you’re running with your friends–basically you are on your own.  Sure, you pass other runners and say hi, but it’s really the same as passing cars going in the other direction.  Once you finish your run, you just move on with the day.  No spice!   Conversely, when you finish your run with your running family, there’s conversation, connection and maybe breakfast, dinner or just a beer.  You get the whole package with your running family and it  makes you feel fulfilled and whole.

Remembering a Run and Gaining a Friend!

Mike Fontes - Jim Lynch - Randy Caley at the 2011 Tucson Marathon

 

It is amazing how running can be the catalyst to establish new friendships.  Many of my friends are runners and I cannot think of a better group of friends to associate with.

During one of our Saturday runs with Runners Edge of the Rockies in Denver, I stopped at one of our aid stations, looked down at the ground, and found an iPod Shuffle.  I hung on to it and took it home.  Immediately, I posted on our running group’s website asking if anyone lost an iPod Shuffle and that I had found it.  A member, Mike Fontes, responded that it was his, so I wrote back to let him know I would bring it to the next run.  I actually had no idea who Mike Fontes was so, after asking around, I found him.  Turns out that at that time, Mike was running in a slower pace group and actually weighed more than he does today.  He was just getting the running bug.  I gave him the iPod Shuffle, he said thanks and that was that.  I then headed off for my run with my pace group.  Little did I know, Mike would soon become a standout in our running group.

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