I love being able to participate and compete in an activity that is healthy and self motivating and has obvious and tangible rewards.
Running has given me an opportunity to compete locally, regionally and nationally and taken me to Europe to represent New Zealand in Mountain Running. Quite unexpected for someone who as a child had little natural talent and who's father regularly told others that as a child looked ungainly walking let alone running.
Experiences has shown what persistence and hard work can achieve if you have the desire.
The pleasure I have got from daily putting one foot in front of the other at sometimes rapid speed has shaped my life and given me a sense of purpose and self fulfilment that nothing else could possibly give me.
Following are the lyrics of a song I wrote called Run with the Wind that tells my Running Story:-
|2010 N.Z Road Relay - Inglewood|
Looking out at the play outside
Feeling safe and wanting to hide
Children busy having fun
Thoughts are pounding...gotta run
Run with the wind...don't look back
Run with the wind...keep on track
Noises everywhere people stare
Who's that loony...do they care
Running hot and running straight
Keep on moving...you can't be late
As the years go running by
Gotta keep going the pounding cries
No good stopping...no time to lose
A voice is calling...no time to choose
Nothing's changed and never will
For this solitary running fool
As he quickly races on
To further glories and sings his song