|Some people are born to be runners. I am not
one of those people. I'm not naturally built for it,
and even when I was 15 I was always the
slowest, most oafish girl on my high school
cross-country team. But running was
something I enjoyed anyway, despite my lack
of any natural gift for it. About 3 months ago I
went down to see my high school pal, Heather,
run the Phoenix Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. She
gave me her Brooks trainers after the race, and
ever since then I have been on the run again.
I started off with running about 2 miles a week.
Then moved up to running 3 miles, then 3
miles twice a week, then 4 times a week, then
adding a longer run on Sunday
mornings---sometimes 4 miles, sometimes 5.
I signed up to run this 10K in Cottonwood. I
was not completely equipped to take this on. I
was a bit over my head.
My goal was to finish without walking or
stopping. In this goal I succeeded, though I
came in dead last behind two 80 year old
Those two old dudes won first and second
place in their divisions. From this I learned that
if I live long enough I can outlive everyone else
in my division and maybe win a medal
Endurance in the long run!
I averaged about 14 minute miles, which is not
fast at all. In comparison the winner of the 10K
averaged 5 1/2 minute miles. But considering
this was my first organized race since the
Autumn 1988 cross country season, and also
the longest race I ever ran, I did okay.
Thanks to Heather for the inspiration!
From running this 10K, I also learned that it
isn't about being fast--
it's about sticking with it and not giving up.
That is a good lesson about life in general.