Keeping the Spring in Your Step

By Brian Grim

I had a great time running in the Howard County Library 5k on June 4.  I was able to keep the pace I wanted, and finish within what was, for me, a respectable time.  But most importantly, I didn’t forget to have fun. It’s easy for me to do that sometimes when I’m working hard towards a goal. I can get so focused on achieving a certain result that I don’t take the time to take in the moment and enjoy myself.  Not this time! The weather was perfect, and the atmosphere was relaxed.  It was more about being part of a fun event with lots of great people than it was about being competitive.

Of course, I’m not exactly a competitive runner anyway.  I don’t ever expect to finish any better than somewhere in the middle.  It was nice to see so many others out there who are like me.  There were people of all ages and skill levels, just having a good time going for a run together.  In fact, the best part of the race for me may have been seeing the joy of the people finishing near the back, celebrating the accomplishment of simply finishing.

I  want to thank all of the people who worked hard to organize the Howard County Library 5k, and all the volunteers who helped by marking the course or giving out water and encouragement.  Congratulations to everybody who ran.  I hope you achieved your goals, but even if you didn’t, I hope you had fun!
If you’re looking for any inspiration to keep the fun in your run, check out some of these books:

Runners World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Know to Run for Fun, Fitness, and  Competition edited by Amby Burfoot.
The Runner’s Rule Book: Everything a Runner Needs to Know And Then Some by Mark Remy.
The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer by  David A. Whitsett.
Go East Old Man: Adventures of a Runner in His 70s Traveling 22 Western States by Paul Reese.
The Courage to Start: A Guide to Running for Your Life by John Bingham.
The Runner’s Literary Companion: Great Stories and Poems About Running

And these articles from the HCLS databases:

A Few Rules to Run By by Mark Remy.  Runner’s World, Jan2010, Vol. 45 Issue 1, p75-79, 5p.
How I Make 100 Miles Feel Fun by Krissy Moehl.  Shape, Oct2010, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p116-116, 1p.

And if you’re looking for your next local opportunity to run in a group, check the Charm City Run Events Calendar.

Brian Grim is a Customer Service Specialist for the Glenwood Branch of the Howard County Library System.

He started at the Savage Branch in 2006. Brian is a sporadic fitness enthusiast, an occasional cook, and a one-time musician.


  1. Wow! What a wealth of resources! Glad you were able to compile them this way. Also, thanks for sharing your running experiences. It’s encouraging- especially to me, a novice runner. 😀

    • jsobieck

      Glad you enjoyed it. We’ll try to keep the resources and the encouragement coming. Keep running.