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Meet John Strout, 2013 Rookie Finalist #3

by leandre on January 20, 2013 · 4 comments

in This Rookie's Ramblings (2013)

This Rookie’s Ramblings is a weekly blog sponsored by RunVermont and the Green Mountain Running Medicine Shop column written by one Vermont resident training for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon.  The 2013 Rookie will be selected from a pool of 5 finalists. We’re posting one entry a day through Tuesday, January 22. Cast your vote for your favorite Rookie beginning Wednesday, January 24 on our Facebook page.

So …

Here I sit, staring at my confirmation email from RunVermont, wondering what have I just done! You see, I’m not a runner, never have been. In fact, for most of my life, I’ve hated running. Now, however, not so much.

Almost every decade of my life so far I get a wild idea in my head to do something I’ve never done. In my teens it was go to college and be a professional photographer like David Hume Kennerly; that didn’t work out too well (I hated politics and didn’t like taking pictures of people).

In my 20’s it was karate. Several broken bones and a black belt later, I moved into my thirties. Usually this is where most people smarten up; build a career, start a family, play golf etc. I did all that except for the getting smart part.

The 30’s for me was all about motorcycle road racing. “How fast and how low can you go?”,  was my motto right up until I found out how much pavement hurts at 150mph. In case you were wondering, it hurts a LOT especially when you do it every weekend like I did.

On to my 40’s. This is when I realized that I was getting fat and sedentary so … it was triathlon time! Now, I’ve always been a swimmer and everyone knows how to ride a bike, I thought. So what the heck, throw in a little running and everything is great. This is where I learned to hate bicycles and running. You see, being forty and out of shape adds an extra dimension to training for your first tri. Then add doing it during the summer in Florida and what you get is a stumbling, bumbling, sweating middle-aged white guy being passed by octogenarians with walkers.

Now, I’m in my 50’s so I say to myself, running wasn’t that bad, especially since I live in the milder climate of Vermont. I’ve started running and realized that I traded heat for hills. Who knew you couldn’t find one continuous mile that stays the same elevation in this state, not to mention the crowning. My left leg is now longer than my right so that when I do find that flat spot I walk like Walter Brennan in “Rio Bravo”.

So … here I sit, smile on my face, thinking, bring it on! My motto for this race is 3:59:59.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle January 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Go 50s! Run John Run!

2 Kerry January 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

You are an inspiration and the reason why (lottery results pending) I will run KeyBank Vermont City half-marathon relay. This man, my uncle, deserves your vote! Go John!!

3 Sue January 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Run, John, RUNNNNN!!!

4 Susan January 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

If you find a flat mile while you are training, can you let me know where it is?

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