I rank somewhere between the competitive recreational runner and the competitive highschool runner. Here's the scale:
10 - World record holder; 9 - Olympic Athlete; 8 - National elite; 7 - Professional runner; 6 - College All-american; 5 - College runner; 4 - Local elite; 3 - Competitive runner; 2 - Recreational runner; 1 - Jogger
It's a tough scale.
Short-Term Running Goals:
Run for fun and health, be fit in my 40s
Run a strong half marathon, under 1:25, good, under 1:20, great.
Long-Term Running Goals:
Be a disciplined runner, to be competitive in my age category, and feel strong while racing.
Somehow actually put together a full year of running: increased discipline and decreased distraction and injuries
Be a 17/36 guy for 5K/10K (not realistic now)
Be a competitive Master's runner
Spoken for, Christian, piano player, soli deo gloria, at least that's the ideal. Living for Triune God, beautiful wife, cute sons, self; hopefully in that order but Adam's nature and my own choices, not to mention worldly temptations like to play with the ideal.
Idealism, tempered by reality, with a healthy skepticism.