“Running teaches me that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined.” – Anonymous
When I was younger, we’re talking over 1o years ago, I participated in cross country for the first time. I had previously played softball, and I was pretty darn good at it too. But the time came for some serious change and reflection on the ideals of developing a better path for personal growth…thus I became a runner.
I was never the fastest, there would be times I would need to stop to catch my breath, and I was never once a top finisher. But, I kept chugging along at my own pace and eventually finished every race.
When I was introduced to track & field I became attracted to sprinting and short distance events. Again, I was never the fastest, and I almost never finished in the top positions, but I would always finish my race. It’s a lot simpler to run short distances at faster speeds because your event literally only takes seconds to complete then you get to go indulge yourself in nachos and soft pretzels. However, it’s later in life when you grow up (just a bit) and realize that it’s not about being first, it’s about finishing the race and competing with yourself.