Slower than a Snail, Riding on a Turtle
posted on 5/31/14
This week, our guest blogger, Mamie, proves it's not how fast you go, rather that that you cross the finish line.
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Despite completing one full marathon, a dozen half marathons and 10Ks, and countless 5Ks, I’ve never really enjoyed running. In fact, half way through each race, I wonder why I put myself through such torture. I’m also not the fastest runner. I’ve done races where speed walkers have zoomed right past me.
But I finish every race.
I began running four years ago. When discussing physical activity, a friend suggested running. I was skeptical, but I attended a running club meeting just to learn more. The group was filled with very supportive African-American runners of all ages, shapes and sizes. I sat next to a woman who was in her early 50s. I asked if she was new to the group. She wasn’t. She’d completed three marathons on the past. I knew that if she could run, then I could too!
Our first meetings were classroom sessions. I learned about nutrition, stretching, shoes, strength training, and other lessons that were essential for first time runners. We then moved on to running. I ran my first mile as an adult! One mile became five, then ten, then 20. I grew so proud of myself that I thought I could do anything.
So, while I’ve never really enjoyed running, I do love the ‘runners high’. Running also allows me to escape, be healthy, and spend time with my friends. I appreciate that it has also made me a role model. My nieces, nephews and friends call me to talk about their running achievements.
During my races, as I inch closer to the finish line, I really do believe that I can do anything – along the course and in life. And, I finish every race that I start... even if I am slower than a snail riding on a turtle.
Mamie is a marketing communications professional who resides in Chicago, IL.
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