This is something that nags at me.... how can I help others benefit from my training and racing? I am self-conscious that it's "all about me."
- But I've had folks tell me I've inspired and encouraged them. A fellow racer at Chesapeakeman told me he'd entered the race after he started reading my excited, enthusiastic posts on a local email group. He entered the race because of me, and I hadn't even done an IM yet! Dawn told me she ran 15K without walking at all, for the first time ever, thinking of me finishing my IM -- during which I walked a lot!! WJ decided to train for an Ironman, after I "survived" mine... she said she'd been wanting to but needed to know someone who had done one. Nancy had already decided but I suspect my survival reassured her.
So it's not all about me. I've been told indirectly by a member of the extended family that there are better ways to spend my timef; that some other family members "used" to run" before their priorities changed (read "for something more important.") But if just by putting one foot in front of the other I can touch, encourage, and inspire a few people here and there to achieve goals... I have a mission. Maybe a calling. Maybe even a responsibility.
Thank you, Cherie Gruenfield!
I inspired "myself!" I went and ran. I mean, how can I inspire people to run if I don't run? 35 minutes, with a 5-minute walk at the 20-minute mark. Then, just at 35 when I was "done," a message was sent to me in the form of a girl running towards me, who turned out to be on her out-trip of a 6-miler, running my pace. So I turned around and went with her, ending up with an hour of running. She just did the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for TNT. I told her how she was inspiring me to keep running! I told her about my return to running after my Ironman and she said I was her new hero. What goes around, comes around!