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    How has your running changed in the past decade?

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    Wow.  I can barely believe that 2009 is pretty much over. What’s even freakier is that 10 years have passed since that whole Y2K thing!  10 years!  A decade.  In the blink of an eye.

    Or it feels like the blink of an eye – at least until I actually stop and think back over that 10 years and all that’s happened.  While my life has changed dramatically in 10 years (I think I would be more concerned if it hadn’t!), one of the most relevant and notable developments is that this is the decade in which I became a runner.  Of course telling it later I will need to be more specific – saying “I took up running in the early two-thousands” doesn’t sound natural, “the early uh-ohs” sounds dumb, early this millennium is just melodramatic – so I will likely go with “I took up running in the summer of ’04.”

    I didn’t consider myself a runner in 2004.  In fact, I wasn’t completely sure it would stick, given that I took several months off due to my very valid reasons (read: lame excuses!) of not having a treadmill or a reflective jacket.  Fortunately the break was enough that when I resumed running it stuck.  I don’t really remember when I started calling myself a runner.  It wasn’t one of those epiphanies that I tend to have (yeah, so I am melodramatic after all.  But what the heck? It pairs well with my tendency to be sentimental).  I was just running and therefore was a runner.

    How about you?  What has changed about your running in the past year?  The past decade?

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!

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    1. The last decade also saw me go from inactive to active. Even though I completed a triathlon, I still call myself a runner, not a triathlete, because that’s where my first love is and probably always will be.

      Hopefully the next decade will include a trip to the Boston marathon for me 🙂

    2. Hey EJ…I so know you were a runner in 2003…” lame excuses ” included…I know how hard you work and battle injury… ( I know about your knee…) but I also watched you finish your first marathon… and I am proud to call you a “Runner”. All the best in 2010…it will be a great year for you !!!

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