EVERY RUN TELLS A STORY

Trail Running (UK) - - Warm- Up - Wiz­ard of Oz Paul Larkins, Trail Run­ning ed­i­tor

“The beauty of run­ning on spe­cific days is it pro­vides de­fin­i­tive mem­o­ries. I still have my train­ing diaries from the early 1980s and every now and then I flick back through decades to see where I was and what I was do­ing. Thirty years ago, I was feel­ing good on my morn­ing 9-mile run. It was 75 de­grees F by 7am and we were run­ning on dirt roads, on the eastern side of Still­wa­ter, Ok­la­homa, USA. The roads were like you see in the movie – rolling, dead straight into the dis­tance. Mea­sur­ing the run was easy in the days be­fore GPS watches be­cause there was an in­ter­sec­tion every mile. I ran with Jim and Mike – just like every morn­ing – al­ways chat­ting about the lat­est (Amer­i­can) foot­ball game. Be­ing a Brit, I pre­tended to know what I was talk­ing about, and they were al­ways po­lite enough to go along with me. So, who will you run with on 30 Septem­ber? Hope­fully the mem­o­ries will stick with you for decades to come.”

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