Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Marathon Runner
My PI is a marathon runner. I've often said that I would never run a marathon because it's so bad for so many parts of one's body, and that half marathons are better, and the fun would be about improving your time. The picture is not my PI- it is Joan Benoit, one of the greatest marathoners of all time.
I said "I love the part at the very beginning when you can hear everyone's shoes against the pavement. It's so exciting and it pushes me along."
"Oh, I hate that part- it makes me nervous and I lose my pace by starting too fast."
I can learn from this woman. Not that enjoying the excitement is bad, or that I shouldn't enjoy every part of a race (read "life"), but that I should be watchful of the things that might make me lose my pace. I should find a comfortable- even invigorating pace and defend it vigilantly.