Friday, February 13, 2015


Today is Friday the 13th, also known as Black Friday in some countries It is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition.

But not so much for runners.

Here's what's so great about runners.

Most runners I know are eternal optimists. We have an uncanny ability to grasp "bad luck" and turn it into a positive. Making the glass "half full," if you will.

Just this morning I read a Facebook post from a friend who was proud that he "did more miles than the temperature today."

Another running acquaintance recently underwent cataract surgery. She can't wait to get back out on the road and is anxious to, "See the finish line more clearly."

My oldest running friend, Brian Tonitis, a 2:39 marathoner and accomplished triathlete, has suffered two heart attacks in the past five years. He is grateful for every mile he can turn in these days.

All of us, in every endeavor we undertake, experience setbacks, but runners turn those misfortunes into positives.

Running is a sport in which we are constantly looking forward.

We look forward to new and exciting running venues. We look forward to our next race. We look forward to better weather, a new pair of running shoes, a new watch or running jacket. We look forward to all the exciting new technology out there that makes our running easier. And, finally, we always look forward to the finish line.

On Friday the 13th, or on any day of the year, don't fret about "bad luck." Instead, allow the runner in you to look ahead at all the positives life has to offer.