Like the Wind

Hadn’t my grandparents always said, “nothing worthwhile comes easy”?

At the track and field events, I earned each of my awards and ribbons. I’d raced along, my eyes on the mark. Momentum built as my arms pumped with energy and my long legs pounded the grassy field. The warmth from the sun’s rays kissed my face, and the breeze caressed my long, flowing hair. My mind, clear and free from worries, centered my concentration on one goal: crossing the finish line.

We took our places and lined up in a row, waiting for Coach’s command.

“ON YOUR MARK . . .”

Nerves hit the pit of my stomach.

“GET SET . . .”

I willed my mind to focus, my eyes fixed straight ahead.


We were off. My foot slipped; two of us bumped. I regained momentum, pumping my arms, elbows high. I needed to pace myself or I’d run out of wind. I decided to hold steady at a comfortable third place. I knew that if I stretched myself, I’d pick up speed and pass them one by one. Needed to time it just right.

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Breathe. Keep your eyes on the back of their heads.

Don’t get in too much of a hurry.

Steady . . . Steady . . .

Not yet. Not yet.

Almost . . .


I passed one girl. Then another. A burst of energy flooded me as I gained a second wind. I closed in on the leader. I heard her breathing. The sound of our feet pounded the ground in unison, inches apart. It was now or never.

We came onto the turn, and I moved to the right. Willing my legs to move faster, I passed her up, taking the lead. In record time, I beat her to the finish line!

That was me a hundred years ago. Strong. Perky. Ageless.

If I did it then — perhaps, just maybe — I can do it again, in whatever I set out my mind to do.

How about YOU?


Filed under Perserverance, Race

11 responses to “Like the Wind

  1. We may get older Mary, but determination doesn’t have to dissipate. 🙂

  2. Jenny Welz

    I really LIKE this post!…..I unpacked the box that had your book in it and am resuming the good read! I loved running foot races in elementary school and was considered fast. I didnt pursue it but loved all the years i “took off running” for the sheer joy of it! How about me? I’m gonna run the race today with joy!!! : ) Thank you for the reminder of this great truth! It’s wonderful how the truth makes us YOUNG & VIBRANT!

    • Oh, Jenny! Thank you for sharing. I love our commonalities with the running in our veins – forever young and vibrant 😉 Glad you’re back to reading “Running In Heels.”

  3. Yes I’m running a marathon with picture book dreams Mary. You are amazing and writing a book is proof that you can do it over and over again.

  4. Fast start; fast finish, better to be steady as you go. ❤ ❤

  5. I think setting the goal is the hard part.

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