|Gunter enjoys the moment on a recent run.|
BY GUNTER ZIWEY
I turned 50 the other day. Really…? Really!
Nothing different at first, going through my usual morning routine, brewing coffee and getting ready for a morning run. I am blessed to live in the country. My commute to work takes me 25 miles down Lake Mary Road until I hit town. Easy to remember, even for a 50-year-old. I occasionally stop where the Arizona Trail crosses Lake Mary Road and go for a little run before work, if time allows for it. (In case you didn’t know it, it is just south of the turn-off to Ashhurst Lake.)
Just one decision to make this morning: north or south? I opt to go south and slowly ease into a run toward Mormon Mountain. On this special morning my thoughts drift back to the time when I ran through these woods for the first time, with my fellow German Long Distance Running Team buddies. Some of them ended up winning medals at international events, even the Olympics, others didn’t (including me). Some are still running (including me) and others are not. One good friend of mine lost the toughest race of his life last year, the battle with cancer.
What I have learned in the last couple of years leading up to the big 50 is that all that matters is the very moment you are in right now, and then the next one, and the next…
To enjoy putting on your running shoes in the morning, that you allow time to run a few miles before your busy life takes over, that you are out on the trail in the woods you like so much, the street leading through your neighborhood.
Getting older helped me to arrive at this conclusion, I guess. What also helped me, however, is the wonderful people I have met, and continue to meet in our very special running club, Team Run Flagstaff, at the Tuesday night workouts, while volunteering for Step Into Running, or just bumping into some folks here and there in town or at events we have put on. What I have learned from these folks is that it does not matter what your age is, your level of fitness, your goals, your running achievements in the past, nothing of that matters at all.
All that matters is you are enjoying the very moment in your life right now. The run that you are doing right now.
Gunter Ziwey is a member of the Team Run Flagstaff board of directors.