Annie on Breaking Through

Although I am still kind of a newbie to running, I greatly appreciate having it in my life.  It’s something that I always wanted but could never attain.  I had this preconception that running is merely a solitary sport, yet it was a collaborative effort that helped me to break through.  Bettina’s Cross Sport Woman running clinic for a local 5K provided the training and push that I needed to escape the 2-mile barrier that I had put up for myself.  Once my body was conditioned and connected to its innate ability to run, I let loose and started local races, running groups, and now race organizing.  I loved learning in Born To Run that we are all designed to run.  In fact, the human running machine can keep going well into the 60s before it slows down to its 19-year old pace.  In so many other sports, I would be far beyond my peak and feel like a total latecomer, but with running I know I have decades more enjoyment ahead of me.  One of my favorite running buddies is in his sixties; he is a strong and steady presence on the trails compared to my fumbling and heaving.  We at the Running Goddess want to encourage all women and girls to just try it.  If you think that you can’t do it, then find someone who believes in you and it will happen.  The barriers in our life are invisible but they have a tangible effect; breaking through can be painful yet so extraordinarily liberating on the other side.  Let’s go for a run together!biathlon2

“Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.” ~ William James, as oft quoted by ultramarathoner Scott Jurek

Annie C. Bai, Race Organizer & Co-founder

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