Misadventures with wine, weights, and running shoes.

Youth vs Experience: Who will win the day?

Saturday, April 2, 2016


This weekend I am running in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 miler held in Washington DC. Their motto, “The Runners Rite of Spring,” describes it perfectly; a beautiful time to be down in the Nation’s Capital with Cherry Blossom Trees blooming along the mall.

I am using this race as a tempo training run leading up to my second marathon this spring: The Blue Ridge Marathon. While this flat course may not help me conquer mountains, it is giving me a bit of nostalgia.

Ten years ago, my friend Susan convinced me to run my first race. It was this same race and the distance seemed ridiculous to me.  I had no training plan. I had no clue about running, let alone racing.  My incentive to run was to improve my cardio fitness for group fitness classes that I taught. My goal was to finish and not be picked up by the sweeper bus.  

I “trained” by running on occasion with my two children in jogging strollers and on treadmills.  There was no pre-race prep or a glimmer of running strategy.  I ran hard and fast and slowed down when I needed to.  I felt like it would never end.  I finished exhausted with a 1:27:29.

Ten years later, with 63 races under my belt and distances ranging from 5k to 50k, my perspective on this race is quite different.  I am older and wiser to running and races. Of course, I also have newly diagnosed asthma.

So as I prepare for this weekend, I ask myself: will youth and energy be able to hold off the seasoned runner?  Can I beat my younger self?  Feel free to place your bets.  We will soon find out! Stay tuned!

Love, Cindy
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