I know that last month I ended my column with a cliff-hanger, I planned on writing about my participation in the 1980 NYC
I would like to continue writing about my high school running experience. I do not think I made it clear last month that in 12 seasons of running, that is 4 years of cross-country, 4 years of indoor track (at the Washington Heights Armory, before they fixed it up) and 4 years of outdoor track, there is one thing I never did; I never medaled, I never scored a point. I never contributed to a victory of the Sheepshead Bay High School Track Team. (I don’t think we had any). I did not care, I did my best and that is all that mattered to my teammates and me.
I never expected that to change when I resumed running as an adult. I enjoyed running, racing and the friendship of my teammates.
But it did change; there was a new way for me to contribute to victory. It was 1997 or 1998; the New York Road Runners gave a cash award to a running club if they had 50 members finish the
I have come home from many races with medals. All of them were for finishing or just showing up if you finish the
But, tonight was another big deal. It is July 2 and I just got home from running the Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series. I have been really excited because I just moved into a new age category. In May I was 44, now I am 45. Back in May I realized my time as a 44 year old was at the slow end of the list. But, if I made it to my birthday, and into the next age category, I would come home with some hardware. Well I did. Al gave out medals to the top 3 finishers in my age group and I came in 3rd. The big deal is that there was a 4th, I actually beat somebody and earned a medal. Sweet!
Thanks to http://brooklynruns.blogspot.com/ I just realized the the Speed Series results were posted from the 5K on July 5. I just found out the runner just behind me was in my age group. Also if I were still 44 I would have finished 8th out of 8.
It is good age, I can't wait to be 50!