|It's sooooo true!|
Saturday was a gorgeous day, and I had the opportunity to run later in the day so I got the rare chance to sleep in. (BONUS!!!) So I headed out around 11:30 for an easy seven-mile run.
Midway through my run, I stopped for a water break when another local runner was finishing up his four-mile run. I had seen him before but never had the opportunity to meet him before.
But he knew me thanks to seeing me running around town and Facebook.
Within seconds of introducing ourselves to each other, he told me, "I just have to tell you that you're an inspiration to me."
He went on to say he'd seen me running all the time and seen some of my posts on Facebook, and it really encouraged him.
Needless to say, I was floored. Humbled really.
|LOVE THIS! In the words of Nike: Just Do It!|
The guy who was lapped in high school during the 200-meter event is an inspiration to someone as a runner? The guy who was just over a year and a half ago who struggled to complete a mile without stopping let alone a lap around the track is an inspiration?
Who would've thunk it?
As we parted ways, I could not help but think about those who inspire me. In fact, Steve - the runner who stopped me on Saturday, is an inspiration to me.
One after one, various runners came to mind as I started clipping the miles away on my way back home. Seasoned runners. Sub-3 hour marathoners. Sub-3 hour half marathoners. Newbie runners. Runners who rock the Grand Master division. Runners who've shed the pounds one sweaty mile at a time.
Then it hit me.
Runners inspire me.
Not just one runner or any runner, but ALL runners.
Every single one of us who runs has an amazing story and journey to share. And I love hearing the stories. Your story.
Your story motivates me. Your story inspires me. Your story gives me the push to myself up and over the hill. Your story is the wind the helps me soar during speed drills.
You ... yes YOU ... are an inspiration!
Thank you for motivating me!
The next time you cross paths with someone who inspires you, stop and thank them. Neither of you will regret the slightly slower pace on that run.