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Looking up, I see the finish banner and clock. I pick up the pace, releasing
the energy I’ve been saving for the final kick. I am gasping for
air; my heart is pounding. I am going to have a PR. I am going to break
30 minutes for 5-K. What?
- #2 The Metamorphosis
I wasn’t always a penguin. I wasn’t always as slow as I
am now. I used to be much slower! It took 40 years to become so overweight
and out of shape that running a mile and running a marathon were equally
- #3 Waddling Through History
Yes, I was there. Through the most unlikely cosmic hiccup, my name was
drawn in the Boston lottery. I ran the 100th not because I possessed
the talent, but because I had the audacity to put my name on a postcard.
Destiny, it seems, has a sense of humor.
- #4 Survival of the Slowest
Steven Pinker, in The
Language Instinct, suggests that if language didn’t exist,
people would be so driven to communicate that they would create a language.
So strong is our instinct toward communication that there are almost
no recorded instances of groups of people who have not developed a means
of talking to one another.
- #5 Embrace Your Local Penguin
Of all the changes that running has brought to my life, maybe the most
important one is my awareness of my need for people. Having spent most
of my first 40 years as a musician, I became accustomed to spending
hours alone in a practice room. The practice room became a sanctuary,
a safe haven from the pressures of work and relationships and family.
Thought of the Day
"I will waddle on. Slow but sure I am finding out who I am, and
who I am not. And that is reason enough to keep me going."