Dazzling: to impress deeply; to astonish with delight
Dazzling and running are not two words I usually put together. Sure, my race tomorrow will no doubt be dazzling with sunshine and heat, but I couldn’t find a post in that (and I’ll recap it next week anyway).
My running is not often referred to as dazzling, either. No Age Group awards, no races won, no superhuman paces going on, just a solid back to middle of the packer who keeps working on improving and challenging herself.
And then I found this quote:
The aged love what is practical while impetuous youth longs only for what is dazzling.— Petrarch
Were you dazzling as a younger runner?
Did you win more as a younger runner (age group awards, races, meets)? Did you set PR after PR?
I didn’t start until my late 40s, and while I may have been dazzled that I could run 13.1 miles, I sure wasn’t dazzling anyone else back there in the back of the pack.
Have you come to accept that you won’t be dazzling as you age as a runner?
Do you find yourself in the position of slowing down as you age? Are those PRs and dazzling fast races a painful (or happy) memory slowly fading away in the rear view mirror?
They say that you keep continue to improve your first 10 years of running, and I am fast approaching my tenth year of running — which is rather dazzling to myself if to no one else. But I see plenty of people who continue to improve, and so I try to ignore that little voice that says someday you’ll slow down, too.
I’m sure that little voice is right, but in the meantime, I still feel I have more improvement in me.
Have you come to value the run more than just dazzling others with your speed?
I had this conversation with another runner just this weekend. She’s very fast, but has struggled with injuries for a while. And she has come to the place where she’s just grateful to run, no matter how long or how fast.
I hope that when the inevitable happens to me, I embrace it with as much grace, and continue to give thanks for the simple act of running. I know I spend some time in gratitude for the fact that I can run on almost every run.
In the end dazzling isn’t about speed. Dazzling is about whatever makes your heart sing and your feelings lift. — Chocolaterunsjudy
I am linking up with Debruns and her Wednesday Word
Tell me in the comments:
Have you had a dazzling running career?
Do you think you value running more as you get older?