What happens to those really fast people as they get older and slow down? Do they give up and put away their running shoes? As their times increase does their love of running decrease?
Not so for the lovely lady I had a chat to today at the Launceston Running Club’s annual Fancy Dress run. She is shy. I think this is the very first time she has initiated a conversation with me. Usually I’ll go up and have a chat with her.
How was your run?
Good but getting slower.
But you’re still right up there with the fast people, I say. And your name is in the records for all the runs you’ve been fastest lady for. (She is in fact faster than our current club champion for some races).
Oh that doesn’t matter to me anymore. I just want to do my best and run to keep fit.
I loved her attitude. Here she was running and showing strong commitment to the Club and her running. The time didn’t matter, running is what matters. She is always so encouraging of everyone. Despite her shyness she gave the most lovely speech at one LRC annual dinner. It showed humility, a sense of humour and a love of running that surpasses any form of competition other than to beat her own goals.
And I might add that she can come from behind and totally smoke me. Makes me look like I’m standing still!
I absolutely loved this chat. It showed me yet again that for so many of us running, being active, be it cycling, swimming, working out at the gym is all about our own personal goals. What this brings home to me is true sportsmanship*: being gracious and delighting in the successes of others. That being in it for the long haul regardless of how fast or slow we perceive ourselves to be is the most important thing. Getting out there and doing it is what matters and if we can do that we are all winners.
AND a big huge shout out to Debbie from Deb’s World who, this week, ran the most kms in one run that she has ever run! Such a huge achievement! I cheered when I read her post. Way to go Debbie!!!
Here are a few happy snaps from our runs yesterday and today…
PS we didn’t run in our gumboots, we did a quick change at the end then re-finished!
*sportsmanship – I’m waiting for all those who want me to change the name of my blog to have something to say about this 🙂 The only fitting response to this will be to blow you a very smiley raspberry!
PPS Four Weeks today until Gold Coast Marathon! We’ll be going from -2°C to 22°C!