Thursday, September 01, 2011
"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."
- Steve Prefontaine
I have a note in my cell phone that I wrote when I first started running. It says: Running is fun. I like the way it makes me feel like I have accomplished something. The quote above sums that up perfectly.
I ran my second 5k last Saturday. I finished it in 42:04. It was slower that my first 5k finish of 39:55, but I am OK with that. I finished. I also ran the first two miles without stopping which is a first for me. I am very proud of myself. I only took a two minute walking break and ran the rest of the race. It was a lot warmer that my first race (back in May) which I think was a large part of why it was a slower finish time. I run slow to begin with, but I run extra slow when it is hot out.
"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
I am Rachel.