I haven't broken any running records, at least not in the traditional sense. My best mile time is around 5:35, although I did run a 6-minute mile in army basic training while wearing combat boots. With running shoes, I might have been able to break 5 minutes. I've run a 19:59 5K, 41:58 10K, 1:35 half marathon and 3:49 marathon - all respectable times but hardly world-class.
When it comes to running certain courses, however, I think I can claim some records.
At a Days Inn in Jacksonville, Fla., for instance, I've run around the motel in the parking lot several hundred times. I got to know every crack and also the swimming pool, which looked as though it hadn't been cleaned since I was in basic training nearly 40 years ago.
My family and I always managed to resist the strong temptation to go in the pool, instead opting for the pristine, white sand beach in St. Augustine. Call us peculiar.
There also used to be an RV store in Colorado Springs that I must have circled hundreds of times, occasionally running through ice and snow. The same for a shopping center parking lot and mall parking lot in Colorado Springs.
We live on a cul-de-sac, and four to five days a week I run up and down the quarter-mile stretch. I like it because there's not much traffic and I can duck into the house if the need arises. I've done approximately 300 miles along there since we moved back in June and probably 3,000 to 4,000 miles during the three years we lived in the house previously.
Having remarked on the dearth of runners in the neighborhood, I'm confident my record, which I'm adding to each week, will not be broken.
Now I'm just waiting for a group of African runners to show up and smash my record in a week's time.