Heritage: something possessed as a result of one’s natural situation or birth
Is running part of your heritage, your history, your blood?
Some runners come from a long line of runners. Not me. While both my parents were athletic — skiing, swimming, playing tennis and golf — no one in my family was a runner.
And I don’t come from a heritage of running, either — in fact, a long time ago I wrote a post musing about whether or not I would be a runner had I lived in the 19th century (spoiler: no).
But who says you need to come from a heritage of runner to become a runner?
Heritage is not an easy word to use in the context of running (at least not for me). Sure, I could have made some other connection, I’m sure, since running isn’t the only thing I write about on the blog. Or maybe I could have written something about the Kenyans, who clearly do have a heritage of running — How Kenya Builds the Fastest Runners on Earth is just one post on the subject.
Look around you at your next race. How many people do you see that look like they come from a heritage of running? How many runners look like anything but a runner (probably myself included)!
It is one of the things I love about running: anyone can do it. All it takes is a willingness to show up, try, and keep showing up and trying.
One thing I know for sure
Heritage is only part of the equation when it comes to talent. Looks and physical attributes will only get you so far. How many coaches say give me the player with the biggest heart, not the most talented athlete?
I’ll leave you with these words from Barbra:
My nose was part of my heritage, and if I had the talent to sing and to act, why wasn’t that enough?
Tell me in the comments:
Ever consider changing something that is part of your “heritage” (aka looks)?
Good genes or heart — which is more important?
Is there a running heritage in your family?