My Turtle, Shining Through!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I have always thought of a turtle as slow and prodding despite the old folktale which tells of the turtle's wisdom. Being a newbie runner, I frequently refer to the turtle as showing up when I have a bad run.

As of today, I have a new found respect for the turtle. She is now my symbol of progress. She gives me the endurance I need to finish my journey. She never lets me down. She reminds that if I hang with her I can finish and never have to look back with regret. She not only joins me for my runs but she has been with me every step of the way. She has hung tough if I needed her with Jillian's workouts. She is right next to me when I look in the mirror every morning and get discouraged about my progress. She is my Dorie, my Jiminy Cricket; right there with me letting me know, "Slow and steady wins the race". She is wise when those negative voices try to drown out my accomplishments.

I realize that I cannot make this journey without her.

I was picking out a new charm for my Pandora bracelet today. I wanted something that symbolized my new found love for running. I saw the turtle first and I said, "Oh, no I don't want to keep that up". I then looked for a running shoe and found one that looked like a Converse; that would not do. Then I thought a rabbit; I found it but that somehow it did not feel right. I was somehow drawn back to the turtle. I made my choice. The turtle it was. It was at that moment that I appreciated everything she has done and will continue to do for me.

I am embracing My turtle, steadfast, strong enough to stand her ground, ready to brave any storm that my come my way. She's not slow. She paces me and gives me what I need to make it through. Not long ago when I would have given up and thought not today; she is right there giving me that boost to get the job done. Thank you turtle for giving me the confidence to know "I CAN DO THIS"! She is shining through. She is a closer and she is a winner. I love that turtle in me!
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    Thanks Tanya

    Definetly I have embraced my inner turtle as a runner and as an atlete.
    Love your blog on the turtle .She has been for me always a symbol of endurance.
    Marta Nydia emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4259 days ago
    Great blog!
    I am now embracing my inner turtle (love the charm, too).
    Spark on!
    4315 days ago
    What a great idea!! Love it! When I run I try to keep a "turtle mentality" and sometimes I have to repeat to myself over and over "Slow and Steady wins the race" and it really does help me keep going!
    4330 days ago
    I LOVE this blog!
    I didn't think about my turtle until I met you!
    Keep on your wonderful journey! emoticon
    4332 days ago
    Tanya, Nice blog

    We are behind you. I agree with you about being steady and consistent. the journey we are all in is not a sprint but a slow steady race. When we lose 1-2 pounds a week that is what we are doing and it will stay off. the running is the best part of this journey for me. I am going along and reaching new heights with the running. I went from running a 5k with difficulty and now 5 miles is easy. Good luck to you!!

    4374 days ago
    Absolutely Awesome blog!!! I love your outlook on things and the confidence that you have!! emoticon
    Keep it Tanya you really will win the race!!
    4375 days ago
    Slow and steady wins the race. I am glad you have the inner turtle necessary to finish this journey.
    4375 days ago
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