Look out Boston! Here I come!
Last weekend we met all ages, shapes and experience levels at the marathon. One of the best things about our sport is it really doesn't discriminate. Anyone can join if they are willing. You run your own race - you race against yourself. Lost in my thoughts, I tried to think of other sports that we as generous and open as running. There were quite a few, but I got stuck on the sport of golf. Why? Because I realized that there is one thing that golf offers that the sport of running could really use - a handicap!
Only a slow runner like me would come up with such an absurd idea like a running handicap. But it is Friday and there is no reason to be too serious. So, go ahead, try out my little running handicap calculator and find out what your new running pace would be:
Start with your average pace per mile for your most favorite race/run distance. (You can see this won't be too scientific...) Better grab your trusty calculator!
- :10 seconds per mile for each child and pet that lives in your home and borrows some of that extra energy that you normally could apply to running
- :05 seconds extra per child if you are a female and delivered any of those children - that's just a gift from me to you
- :10 seconds for each of the 10 pounds that you are waiting to spontaneously combust and disappear from your body forever
- :20 seconds for all your good intentions to run more consistently, stretch, stretch train more, actually run all the miles in your training plan - but rarely all this happens because family, work or personal obligations seem to always be at the top of the list
- :10 seconds if you live in an everchanging climate and 9 months of the year find it too cold, too hot, too snowy/icy, rainy
- :05 seconds if you regularly read this or other running blogs and sacrifice some of your free time to supporting/encouraging other runners (awwww - that is so nice!)
- :05 seconds for every year after the age of 16 that it took you to realize that running was really "your sport" and you had the painful task of learning it as a grown adult set in their ways
- (and for my husband and all other law enforcement...) 1:15 if running with 26 pound gun belt and a 5 pound vest
What's it add up to? I just shaved 2:20 minutes off my mile! For me, starting with my trusty 10 minute mile pace - I would now be 7:40 minute/mile runner! Can you believe it? I love it! I am a running machine! Well, if only for a moment.
It probably won't qualify me for Boston - but in the meantime I can enjoy some thoughtful and wonderful souviners from Boston! (MarathonDude)Bill sent us some of his favorite souvenirs from his Boston Marathon as a way to say thanks for our support of runners. (That's him and his family on the left - I borrowed it from his blog!) You know the saying, if you can't be an athlete - be an athletic supporter. :} It's a role I am happy to play. Bill - thanks for thinking of me and Tom and sharing some of your prized possessions. It means alot coming from you as I know you are a fabulous athlete and supporter!