Monday, October 7, 2013

Run your own race


I was just settling down into my run, when a bunch of runners overtook me. They were all wearing tee-shirts of the Comrades Marathon- arguably the greatest ultra-marathon in the world.

They were faster than I was, but not too much. I was tempted to speed up and match their pace. To prove to myself that I could be as good as them. But sooner than the idea surfaced, I squashed it.

They were running their run, I was running mine. There was no need to compete, because the only reason we run is for ourselves. True about life itself. 

______
This is the fifth year that I am going to be a part of NaBloWriM. The writing mojo seems to have deserted me, but by elaborating either on a quote that touches my heart, or by attempting to capture a fleeting emotion, let me see how long I last.

4 comments:

Raige Creations said...

I am always sidetracked by other runners when running, and it always messes up my pacing. Happy running!
~Rebecca

Hart Johnson said...

I never even could have debated it. I haven't run for a while, but the mobs of runners in Ann Arbor tend to be college students and they might as well be gazelles.

Kittie Howard said...

Great judgment! My hub's a marathoner. I meet him at various spots. He always runs against himself. Bursts of speed to catch another mess up a runner's overall pace, he says. Happy Running!

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - I couldn't possibly agree more. Each of us has our own life to live. The question isn't how we compare to others. It's how we compare to where we should be.

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails