I was never the fastest runner, but I finished every race. I was never on the front of the paper, but my splits were listed at bottom. After 6 years of running cross country I never ran in an elite race but I set goals and made PRs just like the rest of the team. No my PRs were never as low as others, but they were a sense of accomplishment for me. I loved running back then, but I hated it more. I found it more of a chore than a lifestyle. I never appreciated the skill I was learning until now.
If you were to tell my 17 year old self I was voluntarily running at least every other day at age 21 I would have dropped dead. I don’t know whats changed, maybe maturity, maybe the experiences I’ve had but I don’t see running as a chore anymore. I want to run now, no one has to make me practice. I feel better when I run, let me be the first to say: runners high is not a myth.
I just want to thank my friend who forced me to join cross country 9 years ago. I gained so much through running, but most importantly a wonderful lifestyle that I can continue as I get older. Running helps me clear my head and for a small part of my busy day I can relax. I’m still not fast, but as my motto has always been, slow and steady wins the race.