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The Race Is Within

I first began running, just to have fun, A way to exercise out in the sun. A light wind was blowing, what a pleasure, The time alone was a hidden treasure. I found myself running mile after mile, Never a thought of technique or style. Slowly but surely, I picked up my pace, Then I decided to enter a race. Everyone was tense, waiting for the gun, Muscles flexed and ready to run. The start was fast, and up a hill. Adrenaline flowing, what a thrill. The pack was tight, too many feet, Time to gut up, I had to dig deep. I need to get out, I need to accelerate, Increase my turnover rate. Nearing halfway, I have my plan, I’ll start picking off man after man. I ‘ll consistently focus on the attack, I’ll soon catch up with the lead pack. Now that I’m here, just one mile to go, Everyone is tiring, we’re beginning to slow. Gathering our strength, holding the pace, Preparing to sprint to the end of the race. Based on the past, I know what I need, I’ll start my kick early; I don’t have much speed. The last guy is giving in, I’ve got this, I did it, I win.

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Date: 12/16/2021 6:42:00 AM
Quite an inspiring write, Bill. I, too, ran till my early 40's but my knees suffered. A knee replacement 5 years ago eased the pain considerably. Maybe the desire to run is a metaphor for our lives? Sometimes we win the race, sometimes it's a personal best even in a losing effort. As you say - the effort, the endurance is the race within. A fine read in your posting. Be well. Brian
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Bill Baker
Date: 12/16/2021 4:20:00 PM
Thank you for your comment, Brian, come again. I'm heading over to your page next. Have a good weekend! Bill
Date: 12/13/2021 1:01:00 PM
Hello Bill, I knew you would win the race. A lot of people entered that race. They got too tired so you won. Your poet pal Darlene
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 12/14/2021 11:33:00 AM
Hello Bill, Your welcome my poet pal Darlene& Hugs.
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Bill Baker
Date: 12/13/2021 3:41:00 PM
Thamks for the visit Darlene, your poet pal, Bill :-) and hugs
Date: 12/12/2021 9:37:00 AM
Stamina and endurance is often more vital than speed. Reading your exciting tale was just like being there. A lovely poem, Bill. Best wishes, Evelyn
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Bill Baker
Date: 12/12/2021 2:35:00 PM
Thank you for commenting Evelyn. Smiles ~ Blessings Bill
Date: 12/11/2021 8:18:00 PM
100 pounds ago, I was a runner too. And your lines ring very, very true, Bill. Thanks for the (finishing) kick! ~ Now I run in my mind
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Bill Baker
Date: 12/11/2021 8:48:00 PM
I loved it when I was running and coaching 10 yrs was my happiest 10 yrs of my life. But like everything else in my life. It was here for a time and then gone. Another thing we've had in common. I'm sure there's many others things similar in our lives, gw Bill
Date: 12/11/2021 6:11:00 PM
What a wonderful participation in the race contest and what a great win ! I was staying breathless until you came to the finishing point victorious ! Very beautifully presented Bill !
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Bill Baker
Date: 12/11/2021 8:49:00 PM
Thank you Valsa, it was a real thrill, but just have the good health and fitness to race was a blessings. Thanks for the comment. Blessings ~ Smiles Bill
Date: 12/11/2021 2:57:00 PM
Yay! You won, lovely poem Bill, I was actually holding my breath to see what happened at the end..hahahahaha. And Thankyou for your feedback, nothing like a good appreciation party is there :)
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Bill Baker
Date: 12/11/2021 3:15:00 PM
Thanks for your comment and appreciation, Angela :-) Come again anytime. Smiles~Blessings Bill
Date: 12/11/2021 1:38:00 PM
I read your credentials in your reply to Milt, Bill. You're not yapping. Training is difficult and you must have fortitude and endurance.
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Bill Baker
Date: 12/11/2021 2:48:00 PM
Yep, I love running. well until last marathon at 50. Now it's just an hour a day walk at 77. lol But I still take off every now and then, just can't resist the urge to run. lol Thanks for the comment Jenna, always good to hear from you. Your Texas friend, Bill
Date: 12/11/2021 12:17:00 PM
Hmmm...I wouldn't have made it up the first hill! Congratulations to you! Perseverance is the secret, I think.
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Date: 12/11/2021 12:28:00 PM
Thanks Milt. Sara and I ran 5k's and 10k's for years in addition to 8 mile to Marathon runs. The secret is all in the training. My profile picture is me in my coaching clothes and hat at the 2000 State Championship Cross-Country Meet in Texas that my team won. There I go yapping too much again. lol Bill