What makes her accomplishment so delious is she did so at 41, an age when most pros hang up their racing kicks. Kastor story "feeds the dream"-specifically my BQ quest.
While I was playing tourists snapping pics head tilted in amazement I met a fellow runner who offered to take a picture of me standing in front of this plane.
I noticed he was proudly rocking on a BAA cap so I asked him if he ever ran the race and he said yes. Wow, what was that like? It was an amazing experience, I chimed in with I'm trying to qualify for Boston. "Yeah I got tired of trying to qualify and finally ran with a charity".
No judgement internal conversation or further discussion about qualifying for Boston, he took two pics and we drifted into the remainder of our day.
|Tom's a Beast he did the Remix Challenge Bling Bling..|
Philly was my first time experiencing an RnR event so I planned on making the most of it, spending time at the expo catching up with some FB Friends and connecting with the vendors.
|Lesa from Sole2Sole asked me to say Merle from Sweaty Bands|
Some of the usual sneaker brand suspects were in attendance Brooks, Hoka, Altra, Newton and then there was a Swedish newcomer to the U.S. market Salming Running-of course I tried a pair on lite weight bright "No Nonsense Running". Ok I'm intrigued looking forward to learning more about them in the weeks to come.
|Salming Running No Nonsense Running|
With the hype of race day on the back burner my attention is turned to Hartford, will I BQ? Should I just hang up my Huaka's? No!! Yeah I'm human thoughts come but I don't spend time entertaining negativity, instead I focus on the goal putting in work and feeding the dream with inspirational stories like Deena Kastor record breaking accomplishment.
At the writing of this entry I filled up on a scene from The Pursuit of Happyness when Will and his son were on the rooftop. "Hey dad I'm going Pro, look dad I'm going Pro... Ahhh I don't you'll probably be about as good as I was, that's kinda how it works and I was below avg".
|Black Men Run is running group that promotes a healthy lifestyle|
Then Will shoots set shot that goes over the hoop and finishes telling his son: "So you'll probably end up somewhere around there you'll excel at a lot of things just not this, so I don't want you out here all day shooting this ball around". Will passes the ball to his son and he bounces it a few times then throws it off to the side and starts packing it up in a plastic grocery bag.
There's dead silence as Will is standing there looking at the disappointment in his sons eyes which he deposited. I can't help but think what was going through his mind, his heart that caused him to changed his message in that brief moment.
With a gentle word he grabs his son's gaze, "hey... Don't ever let someone tell you can't do something, not even me. Alright? You got a dream, you've got to protect it. People can't do something themselves they want to tell you, you can't do it.
I'll leave you today with these words: "You want something go get period"!