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I’m Awesome Enough. How About You?

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confident-presentation-skillsOnce upon a time, I was a race junkie. More specifically, I was a marathon junkie. And even more specifically, I was a goal-setting, faster, longer, better running achievement junkie.

I racked up nine marathons, with the last one clocking in at my final goal of 3 hours, 30 minutes. It was a damn fine result if I do say so myself, especially for that 40 year-old version of myself. It’s an accomplishment that I’ll forever be proud of. Mission Accomplished.

But I paid for it with my health. It was over two years before I could run without making myself sick and, by then, the habit and desire were gone, and I was on a path toward weight gain and general poor health. Boooo.

Another seven years passed (I’m 49 now) and I recently (finally!) made a successful return to running. Ten months and 40 pounds later, and I’m back… only, not in the same way as once upon a time.

Now, I don’t need to race. I don’t need another notch on my belt. I just want to run, because it makes me feel good, and it’s just so much fun. I’m fit, I feel good, and that’s all I need.

I’m awesome enough. How about you?

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.



5 Comments
  1. Jeffrey Smith on November 3rd at 4:01 pm

    Same boat, Blogfather! Now I workout because I enjoy it, not because I have specific goals, other than longevity =)

    When I transitioned to the ultra world, the desire for speed and notches on the belt faded into a pure enjoyment of my surroundings and the submersion into nature and the community.

  2. John Scott on November 9th at 4:47 pm

    This is great. The goal of becoming a better runner should be focused on maximizing enjoyment in the healthiest way possible. Love your attitude and congrats on getting to a great place!

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  5. Dawn on January 24th at 7:53 pm

    I am still a race junkie, I love being a weekend warrior. My times are nothing like what they use to be, not that i was ever one of the fast ones but I’m a turtle now that still love racing and and that is the highlight of dragging through my training runs every day.

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