I’ve seen variations of this motivational image quite a bit lately. It’s oh so true. For me running is all about the distance and having a go. It’s about putting our best foot forward and attempting to run a little bit further, a little bit more than we ever have before.
It’s been my joy and privilege lately to see several running friends become more confident with running 5km. I’m so inspired by their dogged determination to succeed. It’s been a truly inspiring and humbling experience. Watching these friends keep going when they feel like giving up… what can I say but I think they are AWESOME! And what’s more as they have succeeded they start to wonder what their true potential is, how far can they actually go? Their self-concept is smashed and they start to realise how strong and mighty they really are.
Pauly was telling me about a conversation he had on Monday at the local petrol station. Being a farmer he does a fuel run fairly often, there are always quad bikes, tractors, chainsaws and the like needing fuel. He takes the old jeep into Deloraine and fills around six fuel containers at a time. While he does this he chats. My husband LOVES to chat – will talk to anyone about pretty much anything.
The conversation he had on Monday was with a younger lady who has recently started working at the petrol station. She asked him what he’d done on the weekend. This in itself is a funny thing to ask a farmer because every day is a work day for a farmer; week day blends into weekend blends into week day and on it goes. But last weekend we ran Run Devonport so Paul told her about it.
Paul said she was totally amazed that he had run 10kms. She said that she couldn’t even run one. Then he told her about our 21.4km run up that mountain in the Point to Pinnacle and according to my Pauly she was amazed, speechless.
She didn’t ask what time he had run those 10kms on Sunday. She didn’t ask what time he had run up that mountain. She was awestruck by the distance that he had run.
A mile is still a mile.
A kilometre is still a kilometre.
No matter what time it was run, it’s still the same distance.
If we are out there doing the distance no matter if it was a good run that resulted in a PB or a slower run that got us to the finish line. If we come in at the start of the pack or if we are back of packers, we are all winners just for getting out there and running.
Happy running 🙂