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Thursday, October 15, 2009

TIART: If I Only Had a...

For this week's Take it and Run Thursday, Mel asks, "Scarecrow asked for a Brain, Tin Man for a Heart, and Lion for Courage. If you could meet the Wizard of Running and ask for anything what would it be? When your wish was granted how would your travels down the Yellow Brick Road of running be different? (I had fun with this theme on my blog and hope you do too!)"

I could only really think of one thing, and that would be experience. My biggest regret when it comes to running (and perhaps life in general, since I don't believe in regrets usually), is that I didn't start at a younger age.

For years now, I have felt like I have watched people who are just starting running who move on to faster groups or become faster runners. Eventually, they surpass me. What do I do? I stay in the same place, in the same group, doing the same pace, year after year. I blame this 100% on the fact that I started becoming active at age 25 or 26, and started running at age 27. What would life be like now if I'd started running at age 14? I would have had higher self esteem in high school, I would have felt better, been more active, things would be oh so different.

And certainly, I wouldn't be striving to run a marathon in under 6 hours, I'd be doing something more like striving to run a marathon in 4 hours or something, don't you think?

It's not that I'm really bitter or anything, there is something nice about being in the slow group, and I love my ladies. We all struggle and we all come from different places, so it's nice to see how people fit into the puzzle. Still, I will always wonder what my true potential would have been had I given it my all when I was a teenager. But, then again, I guess my story would be a whole lot less interesting if that were the case, huh?

3 comments:

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Thanks for the comment and for posting the TIART. YOu know what is funny...I think you are LUCKY that you started late. You have something that many of us dont have it is NEW...Guess I should read your story before I comment. LOL

Having been an athlete my entire life there are days when I am just burnt out and really want to just relax...the feeling of "I have done my time". Thankfully running is NEW to me...I just started a year ago and I love it! I write down goals and set plans to meet those goals.

Find a way to approach it differently and I bet you will get your wish without having to reverse the clock :)

Lacey Nicole said...

i agree with mel-- you get to work up your enthusiasm at the age you are now, and haven't had the chance to get burnt out :)

but i know what you mean. sometimes i wish i had been on a XC team!!! esp reading running with the buffaloes!

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