This morning I watched the Carlsbad 5K live and I started to get genuinely excited about the start of the racing season. There were a lot of familiar names in the race like Brenda Martinez, Jordan Hasay, Bernard Lagat, Dejen Gebremeskel. Some of them we've seen in the indoor track and field season, but not all of them. Running is really a summer sport, so the winter is a time for many to take a break, regroup, and get ready for the season ahead. These runners know each other, and we know them, so it kind of feels like a reunion seeing them meet up again, the friendships, the histories, the rivalries. But for all of the familiarity, there is always a hint of the unknown as new runners enter the spotlight and old faces have new breakthroughs.
For me it has been a long, dark, and cold winter, wherein I worked too much and ran far too infrequently. But now as my schedule opens up and the weather changes I can feel the shift from the heavy and serious to the easygoing and fun. I'm ready to join these athletes in the common pursuit of our personal bests, whatever that may be. I hope you are ready too.