A brand new year deserves a really good start. For 28 years now the St Catharines rowing club has been hosting a New Years day fun run. The run was started because back in the dark ages, the national rowing association did not fully fund lightweight rowing teams when they went to the world championships to represent Canada. Lightweights were not included in the Olympics and any group not in the Olympics had a very difficult time getting funding through the governments of the day. St Catharines virtually always had several members from the club making the national team and they were usually required to come up with anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars in order to be included in the world championships. The lightweight men’s crews in the rowing club organized the run as a great way to kick off the year and raise some money to help out in funding the lightweight programme, all the way up to and including, helping to defray the costs for the athletes good enough to make it on to the international stage.
Today I entered and completed the run again. There was however precious little running involved in the event for me. I think in fact every time I shuffled out of the walk and into my pathetic run I may have actually slowed down. It was however the first time I have tried anything that could be vaguely called strenuous since the surgery on November 23. I knew going in that I would be very near the back of the pack today but that wasn’t important at all. The fact that I was able to complete the 3 mile distance at all was really the point. I did however rise to the occasion and through a mix of lethargy and lack of dedication managed to grab the actual dead fucking last position. 50:37 was my unofficial time for a route I used to be able to run in under 20 minutes.
The winner was already passing me on the out and back course before I had reached the 1/4 point of the track. The race is run on what used to be the daily running route for nearly all the St Catharines crews. A route most of us have run hundreds if not thousands of times so it is pretty easy to figure out where you are on the course and how much is left to go. Personally I think the kid winning when he passed me was just showing off but that’s neither here nor there.
What was fun was seeing lots of the friends i used to compete with and against and to once again get outside in some fresh air, even if it was a bit rainy, and expend a bit of energy just for the fun of it.
I race for the year under my belt. With any luck several more to go before the year is out.
How did you start off the new year. Something traditional, foolish, inspirational, or have you not started the year off yet?
Here’s to a great year for all of us this year and maybe we can start solving problems and helping each other instead of reviling and destroying people.