This week I've been putting the finishing touches on a half-marathon training program for our Running Club that begins with some 2 mile runs next month, and winds its way from there to the 13 mile road race. A year ago I was putting together a program for this same group that started out with some 20 minute walks. That's progress.
December tends to be the month that we reflect on the year gone by and decide whether it was a memorable one, or something a little more ordinary. From a running perspective and specifically with respect to our Running Club, 2007 was terrific, to say the least. To think a group of basically sedentary people could log hundreds of miles and for some, participate in six road races, all in the first year, is remarkable.
But my memories of 2007 are not just about the running; along the way we've had some fun too. We designed and proudly model our very own clothing line; together we've enjoyed post-race "breakfasts" and post-Sunday run snacks; we hosted an Awards Gala complete with red carpet-worthy gowns and silky black ties; we shared in each other's triumphant finish of a July 10-miler; we nursed a few injuries and had the good sense to volunteer during, and not participate in, a mostly uphill October road race; we played tag, football and started our own ball hockey league; we put off our own running event with the inaugural Pouch Cove 5-K & Cabin Breakfast; we shuffled with Santa himself; and, in a few weeks, we'll take a 5-K victory lap to celebrate it all when the sun goes down on New Year's Eve and an unforgettable 2007.
Where does the time go? To my fellow Running Club friends I say a huge thanks for the fun that was 2007 - you've inspired me in more ways than I could ever write about, and the respect and admiration I have for each of you is immeasurable. You're all heroes in my book.
Look out Halifax and heads up 2008. We're running our way to another special year.