Eight minutes and thirty one seconds. Many years and too many pounds later, that’s what it has come to. That’s how much slower I ran my latest 5k than I ran my first. Almost 3 minutes per mile slower. So we got the bad news out of the way first. The good news is I did run that latest 5k just two days ago, and I ran 5 miles this morning. I’m on my way back.

It is so easy to let life and so many things get in the way of running or achieving our chosen goals. Just two and a half years ago I was in the best shape of my life. Had just crushed a half ironman and ran the half leg faster than I ran my latest half marathon. That time also corresponds to the beginning of this journey we call Junction 311 Endurance Sports. It has been an awesome, exhilirating and exhausting ride so far. But it has come with a price. My running, fitness, health and general well being have suffered greatly. I didn’t realize how profundly tired, both mentally and physically, I had become. Time to make a change.

Running has always been my “me” time. Time to think, relieve stress, and recharge the batteries. The batteries hadn’t been recharged in a while and the planning and production of Carolina Brewsfest tapped the last bit of charge that was left. It is a good thing we had already planned this Florida trip months ago. Sleeping in, running, drinking craft beer and eating are good for the soul and that’s pretty much all I have done the past few days. There is some flicker in the batteries.

Getting to where you want to be is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. My personal journey back has begun and I want you to come along. Over the next several months I will chronicle the ups and downs and successes and failures of my adventure. Hopefully I can share some good advice and lessons learned from the road back.

Cool Running,

Mike