Sunday, June 28, 2009

New shoes = Renewed inspiration

OK, it wasn't the shoes. Although the new Adidas Supernova's I picked up last week have solved the blistering problem, the run this morning with the Wasaga Beach Road Runners (logo looks great doesn't it) was truly inspiring.

Not only did we get the run in before the rain, but met a new runner and had a great chat with him. Like me, he has been running for a number of years. Around 30 he figured.

In my case, I have been running regularly for about 25 years now. Although if you deduct the 18 months it took me to get hooked, it is more like 23 years. But this is not about me. (if you must revisit that story, check it out here:

This gentleman was gracious. He paced me for much of the run. I had a feeling he was holding back. Thank you. :) I am still working up to both the pace and distance and appreciated the company.

At our first walk break I asked him when he started running. With no hesitation he casually responded, "Around age 42". Now I may not be the best at math, but it only took me a second to calculate that he was currently...72! I dam near fell down.

And I only want to finish a marathon!

"Mr X" (keeping his name confidential), you are truly an inspiration".

A final note, I have received tremendous response to my Father's Day post. Thank you all very much for your comments and direct emails. Remember to stay tuned for the announcement within a couple of weeks on where the fund raising efforts will be directed.

Until next time...


  1. Chris;

    Your running pal of 72 is Jim O'Donnell.

    On initial impression the five fingers shoes to tend to make me cautious as I have been walking around in real shoes for almost sixty years and have little doubt my body has made some adjustments

  2. Thanks for your comments. It was a real pleasure to have run with you last week. And thanks for your comments as well on the 'shoes'.


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