When I was younger, I watched cartoons every Saturday morning. Do you remember Speedy Gonzalez, the mouse? If you do, then you probably remember Slowpoke Rodriguez. Somehow I think I'm a mix of the two. I know I'm not the fastest runner, but I am motivated and steady; kind of like the tortoise-a legendary slow victor!
I mapped out a 2 mile course that included the hill in the back of our yard. Once I returned from the book fair, I suited up and hit the pavement. While I was running, I was thinking about all kinds of things. How I started this adventure only 2 1/2 months ago. How I stayed off of the treadmill for the first part of it because I don't like walking. How I want so badly to increase my speed, and how I still feel self conscious about signing up for an official 5K because I don't want to be last. I imagine the day when I can run at 5 mph. I imagine shedding pounds with every step and being thin.
The thing is, it's hard to feel sorry for yourself for any reason when your jogging. I don't even necessarily enjoy it every time I go out, but yet I want to keep going. Whatever course I set for myself, I have to complete it; because I know I can. I haven't pushed past the 3.1 miles yet, and I'm debating on pushing past the distance or working on my time. I'm still slow. But I read this quote today, and it made me feel so good:
If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run."
I am a runner. I may be the tortoise and not the hare, and I may be Slowpoke and not Speedy; but I am a runner. I just run.