The founding principle of our group is an important one: "At Peace with my Pace."
Without it, I would
have never found the courage to keep running with people who were younger and faster and had different goals. It encourages
all of us to celebrate what we are accomplishing.
I'd like to add an addendum -- a "sub-motto," if you'd like,
one that equally defines the souls of our Solemates:
"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."
words encourage us to push -- not to the expectations of others, but to explore the our own abilities. This means we are trying,
striving for more, seeking to be our true best.
I see you all live this each week when you encourage each other to
run -- just a few more minutes. When you complete your training mileage no matter what. When you turn a "don't
feel like it" into a feeling of success. We seek these challenges knowing that, as long as we're doing our best,
that we can find peace. That we are fundamentally changed by the realization of our own capabilities.
When I am
working hard -- challenging myself and not giving up -- I am at peace with my pace, whether that be a 10-minute mile or a
15-minute mile or a 20-minute mile.
I see this in you everyday, and in your successed, also find peace and joy and happiness.
have many challenges ahead -- and changes to celebrate.
We are Solemates. See you all this week!