Everyone loves a fast runner. We give them medals. We give them money. We buy magazines to read interviews with Usain Bolt or Kara Goucher. Aesop taught us that slow and steady wins the race, but all evidence points to the contrary.
But that doesn’t mean that only the fast are welcome. Running is open to everyone, regardless of pace. We don’t all run for speed. I run for wellness and sanity, for fresh air and scenery. I wasn’t blessed with long, lean legs or the ability to run a 6-minute mile, but I have a hard work ethic and a love of the road. I may never win a race, but this is my sport too.
We don’t all have to be hares. There’s more than enough room on the road for us tortoises.