Saturday, June 2, 2012
In Pursuit of an Achievement
One of my favorite memories is a day that began with a 5K run. I had decided to do this with a few of my friends. Other friends would be cheering us on along the way. As it was my first running event outside of the mandatory runs in high school, I didn't know what to expect, but having run laps at my heath club, I thought it would be simple enough to do.
What I didn't expect was the mass of people who would show up for this event.We were all lined up according to the speed that we said we could do. That meant that my friends and I were about three-quarters of the way back in the line up as we were recreational runners. All we could see was runners before us and behind us. When the shot rang out at the start of the race, we all started moving together as if a single living organism. As I ran I clipped the heel of a runner near me, which did not seem to affect the runner at all as he just moved forward. It was quite a different story for me. It was enough to flip me around and have me falling backward. All I could see was a rolling wave of people heading towards me and getting ready to run over me. Yet in just a few seconds other runners turned me around and aligned me in a running pace without seeming to break their own pace.
As I continued my run, the space got further apart between runners. Complete strangers were happily cheering all the runners on and offering them cups of water. That encouragement was definitely enough to keep me and the other runners going who knew they were far from the early finishers. Once we each finished the race, we each got tickets to pick up our photo finishes. Feeling totally hot and sweaty, I still felt a sense of accomplishment for finishing the race. I still have the race t-shirt I got from completing the event. To me it's like a trophy or a sign of an achievement. It was a day of camaraderie with my old friends and my temporary new friends who had also achieved the pursuit of their goal.
What is the race that you are running? What are you pursuing in life? Are you giving it your all or are you just along for the ride? Run the race and achieve your goal!
For more thoughts on pursuit tap into the other posts this month from the blog chain as noted to the right of this post.