Inspiration From The Blue Oval
But after a few days at the Drake Relays, my answer is extreme speed and time travel. Spending a few days watching high school, college, and elite athletes run their hearts out my only thought has been, "I want to do that!"
It was hard to contain the urge to get out there and run. They made it look so easy, fluid, fun and rewarding.
All kinds of records were made and broken. Many personal bests were achieved. It was an awesome day in the running world.
I was lucky enough to snap this picture of world class high jumper and performer extraordinare Chaunte Lowe as she cleared a new record of 6'5".
I was also at the finish line to see the awesome showdown in the 100m hurdles with LoLo Jones and Damu Cherry. The determination on their faces were clear. And they were separated at the finish by .02 of a second. Wow.
Even as an amateur, recreational, slow, plodding, love the long run, mom runner I was inspired by the incredible feats on the blue oval.
In watching I was reminded of two things:
First, to take some time and watch more running events - they are fuel for my own running. And second, as runners we all have the potential to inspire others to run just by getting out there and giving it all we've got.
Who might you inspire today by getting out there and running?