Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nothing Wrong With a Little Reinvention


So welcome to my new blog? Well, sort of. As you can see, despite the fact that "I'm Gonna Be Faster Than Frank" is a new blog, I have carried over many of my posts from a couple of different running blogs I have written, so you can learn a little more about me and my running past.

So what is this blog about? Well, in simple terms, it's a documentation of my quest to run the Indy Mini Marathon on May 2, 2015. But it's also about a goal, and that is to beat Frank Shorter.

For those of you who don't know who Frank Shorter is, he was an elite runner throughout the 1970s and could be considered one of the greatest American marathoners in history. He won the gold medal in the marathon in the 1972 Olympics and then followed that up with a silver medal in 1976. Now 66 years old, he is a commentator and speaker, and still runs a little bit.

Here's Frank on the course! Photo from the 500 Festival Twitter account
His connection with the Mini Marathon is that he won the original race in 1977. Yesterday (Sept. 9), he ran the course again in a time of two hours, four minutes, 40 seconds. The folks at the Mini have pledged $1 for every runner that beats Frank's time, and I plan on being one of them.

Now, if you had looked at my past history at the Mini you would probably think it would be a shoo-in, right? After all, I have run the race seven times (with a best of 1:42:35) and have beaten Frank's time on six of those occasions.

Quite the contrary. This will be quite a challenge. And it isn't the challenge of just beating Frank's time, it's the personal challenge I am undertaking to make positive changes in my life. Like many, I've been fighting a few battles over the years, but with the help and support of family and friends I want to try to finally make some changes that I've been a little bit afraid of.

It's definitely going to be a leap of faith, but I think in the end it's going to be a game-changer. I'll go into the hows and whys down the road, but let's just say a lot of things have happened in my world in the last year that I just know it's time.

So here we go! Follow me in this space and also find me on Twitter at @run2ohfour39.

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