Warning: I don't vent very often, but I really needed to blog about this today....just sayin'.
I wish I had a friend who would run this upcoming 5K race with me.
I cannot tell you how disappointed I am to be alone. Actually, I am quite surprised at the # of "No's" I received from others. Whatever happened to running for the fun of it? It seems that the walkers are intimidated by the runners, and the runners are surfing on too much pride. I had no idea of the wall I would hit.
Since I last blogged, I have asked many different runner friends/acquaintances to join me. The response was startling. A few said that they were not "up to speed" which amounts to 6 and 7 minute miles. They are embarrassed to run an 8 min/mile.
I ask you - what's wrong with an 8 min/mile? Lol!
Why is it so important to be so FAST?
I just don't get it. I do understand & respect those that take running seriously, and make it a science. It is fascinating to watch professional athletes!
But, I see so many extremes around me: runners who work too hard, too ambitious to fully enjoy what they are doing....not satisfied with their run/time. Hard work IS essential and so is self discipline, BUT if there is NO 'life' in the process, then why do it....I ask? Why choose misery...
What a waste of energy. And for what? I wish I could help them see that fitness is a lifestyle meant to be enJOYed! Wish I could help them find some balance....
to learn to simply RUN in the name of: lifelong health, energy, lifestyle, or just because it's fun.
God bless the walker who cannot run the race, but get's out there anyway to WALK it - at the beginning of their weight loss journey. THAT takes Courage::...let me tell you. It really does.
I was once there. I know the feeling of "not fitting in" and not being able to run.
I remember my roots. Those courageous ones INSPIRE me like no other!
To see the humility & joy on the face of one particular walker/runner as she crossed the finish line was
I will never forget her....:::she was overweight, dressed in a sweatsuit and crying as she crossed the finish line in last place. BUT she finished....
and the celebration of her progress, her joy afterwards was HUGE! She participates every chance she gets.
I am proud to say that she now runs!
To set a goal and accomplish it is wonderful! I have learned from my experience this week to make sure I lead a balanced life, to cheer on the underdogs and to celebrate every success...no matter how small.
I want to set an example for my children ( future runners) by showing them that it's about "team effort", and doing YOUR best...living life out loud with joy!
May I find "good" in life everywhere I look...::not because it is evident; rather, because I LOOK for the "good" hoping to find it.