Note to dog owners of multiple dogs... must keep scraps of food for how many dogs you have sitting around you, or you get sad dog eyes staring at you & that's never a way to start a day.
But I started out my day reading an article in my Women's Running Magazine.
This honestly is my favorite running magazine... mainly because I too, am a woman! Surprise! :)
Its just more of a 'relaxed' running magazine. Good advice, good nutritional advice, but doesn't make me feel bad about being a 'slow runner'... just pats you on the back for moving.
When I opened up the magazine on this morning, I turn the page & see this article
It is the story of a lady who is in the 'sweep vehicle'... the dreaded sweep vehicle. The one that comes behind the runners & walkers & is the time cut off. If you're not at a certain point by a certain time, they ask you to get in the van & they'll take you to the end ... & you get a whopping DNF - Did Not Finish. Whooomp Whooommp!
But this lady is awesome because she tends to give a little grace... she'll even get out & let her assistant drive the vehicle & she'll walk with the people & talk to them, getting to know them.
These stories brought tears to my eyes... the people at the back of the line who were struggling & just wanted to finish... no matter what the time or speed was
Stories like this one above... a 80 yr old man & how he didn't care he had traffic behind him waiting for him to get off of the course. I love his attitude - "Life would be boring if you didn't push through the unexpected" ... how awesome is that? Perspective is amazing if you have the right kind.
There was a story of a lady who started crying when she saw the vehicle behind her, knowing she was going slow. The driver got out & talked with her about life, to get her mind off of the pressure of being last. They ended up passing 11 people by the finish line :)
I've said it repeatedly, the 'back of the pack' crowd is my crowd. Its a different world then the front runners who run this thing & head out for another 13.1mile easy run right after a race.
The back is full of heart, in my opinion...
I love how this lady summed up this article
So what happens if you come in dead last? You finish...
YES! That's the goal - no matter what!
I read this whole article to Ricky last night - tearing up all over again at the joy of it... & his response? I'm going to make you read this before your next race so you don't cry over your seconds off of a time...
Keep pressing on in your own race folks! :)