Putting a bow on it

It is that time of year when we look back on the past year and look forward to the new one.  2011 was a wonderful year for me and for Roadkill Racing.

On the home front a delicate balance was struck between work and play, between family, jobs and running.  Hazel moved out of what I like to refer to as the larva stage and into the nymph stage, I am not so much looking forward to her reaching the dragon fly stage but we have another 12 or so years before that happens.  I now find myself in the constant company of 2 lovely ladies who for some reason, beyond my ability to fathom, not only tolerate but seem to actually love me for all my many quirks and idiosyncrasies.

Three years of uninterupted training led to many new Personal Records this year in distances both long and short.

  • 1 mile 4:29 at the McMullen Mile
  • 5 mile 27:00 Ed Ericson Memerial Run
  • 10k 35:25 Freezeroo # 6
  • 1/2 Marathon 1:15:53
  • 25K 1:32:56 Turkey Trot
I am more proud of the many achievements of Roadkill Racing, than I am of my own person triumphs.  Defying all reason, RKR has become a force to be reckoned with on the Rochester running scene.  We have built a solid base of runners, and continue to add new runners.  Despite having nothing to offer in the way of shoes, clothing, or facilities we have competed against and beat area teams much larger and better funded than ourselves.  Perhaps it is our simple refrain “For Beer and Glory,” perhaps it is our distinctive racing singlet (which every RKR member must dole out $40 for),  or perhaps it is something a little bit more.  In this holiday season I am reminded of the Grinch, standing on the precipice having stolen all the Who’s Christmas goodies.  And did those Who’s down in Whoville cry boo hoo?  No they were singing.
And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two! 
Yes, I think all the proud members of RKR have hearts 3 sizes larger and they have the strength of ten runners, plus two!