TIART: Just OneOctober 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Fun, Life, Racing | 9 Comments
It’s Take It and Run Thursday at Runner’s Lounge, and this week’s theme is Running Quotes and Sayings. I’m going to keep this post short, but I really want to participate this week.
Also, it’s difficult to concentrate on my job when I’M FREEZING TO DEATH SLOWLY IN MY OFFICE, NO MATTER HOW MUCH TEA I DRINK AND HOW LONG I HOLD THE HOT MUG TO MY FRIGID NOSE.
I had been running for two years by the time I was a freshman in high school. However, it was this year that I actually became a Runner. A true addict, if you will. My enabler inspiration? Mr. Mattingly: cross-country coach, Boston Marathon runner, biker, skier, reluctant math teacher, ex-smoker, life-lover, Person Extraordinaire.
He used to ride his bike to Cape Cod. From Lake Ontario, NY. For fun. At age 55.
Mattingly ran many races (1473?) over the course of his life. In fact, he used to enter road races with us, and then beat the high school boys, even those about to run Division I cross-country in college.
Perfectionist that I was/am, I would sometimes cross the finish line in frustration, knowing that I had not performed my best and that this race time would be no personal record. Mattingly always greeted me with a huge, radiant grin, gave me a hug, and said
You have about 1473 races left in your lifetime. This is one. Just one in 1473.
He was right, of course. And I don’t remember any of those bad races-just Mattingly smiling at me at the finish line. And the relief in knowing that I would be a runner for the rest of my life, with other chances to PR, but more importantly, many more opportunities to relax, have fun, and just enjoy the sport.
I think I’ve found my racing mantra for this weekend.