Monday, August 02, 2004
( 9:20 AM ) teahouse
Hope and Possibility
Yesterday I ran the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5 Mile Run in Central Park. 5 miles through the pouring rain.
The Achilles Track Club, which sponsored this race, is dedicated to helping disabled people participate in sports all over the world. I saw war veterans running on prosthetic legs, amputees in wheelchairs, blind people being led by other runners.
With the rain, conditions were bad. At mile 2, I slipped and did something to my ankle - twisted it. It hurt. Not badly, but it slowed me down. I stopped and walked for a while, then continued to run, hobbling a bit and cursing myself. I knew I was losing a lot of time.
One of the tricks that I use often to keep going is that I focus on someone running in front of me, and I imagine that a big rubber band links us, and that the other person is pulling me forward.
I looked around and focused on a woman just ahead of me. She had short blond hair and looked to be in her early 40s. I matched my pace to hers. She "pulled" me forward for the rest of the race.
When we crossed the finish line, a couple of people ran up to her and personally congratulated her.
It was the Central Park Jogger. Yes, she was the one who pulled me across the finish line!