VIEWS OF A FARM BOY
We watch a lot of sports on TV, in fact that is the way we spend most winter evenings. However, I am a big proponent of lifetime participating sports, such as bicycling, running, golf, tennis etc. You know--things that keep you physically fit throughout the years. I have shared many of my Ragbrai and bike trail experiences with you. I found these old running pics in a drawer and scanned them to my iPhotos. I realize these probably won't be of interest to many of you, but here goes anyway--I did this one for me.
I had been riding my bicycle for a number of years when our neighbor, Bob Baldus, encouraged me to try running at age 48. On my first attempt I was out of breath after I ran around the block, but I didn't give up. I kept ramping it up each day and was soon running all year around. On the cold winter days I would just put on my Gortex suit and head outdoors. I did not keep a record of my runs the first few years, but since 1983 I have run a total of 24,947 miles. During my running years I completed 13 marathons and almost 200 other races ranging from 5 k to half marathons. I loved running, but I decided it was time to hang it up in 2010 at age 78. Does that make me a wimp???
Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Every one who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (NIV) (1 Corinthians 9:24,25).
Left: The highlight of my running era was the Boston Marathon in 1990 at the age of 58 years. I had qualified for this very special occasion the previous year at the Twin Cities Marathon. My theory--if you qualify for the Boston Marathon-- you've "gotta-do-it."
The above pictures are not categorized in any particular order. They are just the pics I had stored away and probably hadn't looked at since my running days.