Thursday, March 1, 2007

How We Answer the Question

The Question:

"Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'" - Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian Olympian and sub-2:12 marathoner

Our Answer:

One of the privileges of being a mid to back of the pack athlete training in Durham, North Carolina is the company we get to keep. We train with people of every age, stage, ability, size, shape, race, and ethnicity. We share the YMCA pool with 80 and 90 year olds who teach us about what it really means to show up. We share the road with cyclists who are much faster than we are, but are happy to give a wave, lend a hand, and share directions when we need them. And we share our running routes with folks who inspire us every day.

This morning Robyn shared her easy, rest week run with a group of four 50-something, 300-something pound men who were cheering each other with every step...walk/run/walk/run. Their commitment to getting up with the sunrise, lacing up their shoes, and celebrating each other and start of a new way of living reminds us that even on the tough days when we're gutting it out just to NOT hit the snooze alarm and roll over - we're not alone.

"We choose to be strong."
- Robyn & Rachel, 5:01 marathoners (and triathletes getting faster every day!)