“When you stand at the starting line, you join the club. When you stand at the starting line, you earn your membership. Millions dream of being where you are. You are no longer a dreamer. You are a doer.
Thousands more started a training program but never finished. They started with the same enthusiasm (or more than) you had. They started with more or less the same physical gifts or disadvantages that you did. They had no more and no less reason to be successful than you.
But somewhere along the way, they lost that enthusiasm. Somewhere on the road or on the track or treadmill, they decided that the rewards just weren’t worth the effort. They decided that they could live without finding their limits, without challenging their expectations of themselves, and without taking a hard look at their image of themselves.
You didn’t. If you’re standing at the starting line, you’ve not only accepted the challenge, but you’ve beaten back the demons. You’ve conquered your imagination and self-imposed limitations. You’ve gone farther, gotten stronger, and gotten tougher than you ever imagined.”
-John Bingham, “The Penguin”
John Bingham is an American marathon runner and author, nicknamed “The Penguin”, who has achieved widespread recognition for promoting the walking of long-distance race courses to the general public.
For all of you that will lace it up on Saturday at the Monument Avenue 10K and especially for all of you that participated in the YMCA 10K Training Team — you are an inspiration. Have a great run or walk.
And a final note — a special thanks to Coach Dan who served as Head Coach for the entire 10K Training Program.