Let me start by defining hero for the context of my post. The definition that best defines hero for this post is defeater in competition; preeminent supporter. I researched hero quotes. Check this one out from Warren Buffet, “Tell me your heros and I’ll tell you how your life will end up.” I thought to myself, “Oh good (sigh of relief), I’m on the right track.”
Okay, follow me on this one. . . I hope to get you to hum this ‘catch-y’ chorus the rest of the day and think of your (running/swimming/fitness) heros. Do you know that Bette Midler song, “Wind Beneath My Wings”? The chorus goes,
“Did you ever know that you’re my hero? You’re everything I would like to be.
I can fly higher than an eagle, cause you are the wind beneath my wings.”
Here’s the deal. I have heros, running heros. They are not the wind beneath my wings because I have Jesus for that. They are my heros. These heros work hard and LOVE the hard work they are doing.
Heros do not have to be people we wish we were and would give anything to become. When we allow anyone or anything to have that much power is when a hero turns into an idol and an obsession. Let’s face it, running is not always easy. There are times when we have got to work hard and long and it hurts. I believe that God gives us heros, because He knows that we need inspiration. He has given me inspiration in my running heros. I have four of them right now. Each of them is a hero for a different reason. I will tell you that although they are all runners of impressive achievements, they are all very different.
Kris Whorton trail running extraordinaire. I ran my first 50K trail race last year. I was hooked. Kris and her husband put on a series of trail races in Chattanooga, TN. I read her bio and decided to contact her. I had no idea that she would be so gracious to me. She answered my e-mails, and I sent a lot, still do. She has an impressive race history. She inspires me.
Sonja Friend-Uhl track specialist, my running coach, fitness/nutrition expert. Sonja introduced me to the track and helped me improve my marathon time last year from 4 hours, 40 minutes to 4 hours, 20 minutes. She inspires me because she is over 40 and STILL winning big races. She is also a caring friend.
Betsy Sloan I do not have a link for her. She is an amazing triathlete. As long as I have known her, she has qualified and ran the Boston Marathon. She is under 40. She trained in the pool and on the road up until the day she delivered her second child. Then, she ran Boston last year, as a nursing mom in the insane heat. Temps last year reached the 80s in Boston. She inspires me.
Kay O’Connell I do not have a link for you to read about her, yet. I should just make my own. 🙂 Kay is over 40, and she ran her first marathon in Memphis, December 2012, after 2 1/2 months of training. Her finishing time was 3 hours 48 minutes! She has been a runner, but she did not have marathon dreams, until she realized her talent for running. It is fun to watch her blossom as a woman over 40!! She inspires me.
You may not have made my (limited) hero list, but guess what?! YOU are a hero to someone. I guarantee it! So be the best you where ever you are in life, because someone is looking up to you. We all want someone on our side as our cheerleader. We all want someone to believe in us so much that we start believing too.