Running the LA Marathon
Running is a talent cultivated since my childhood days through constant practice and perseverance. However, during my childhood days teachers in our primary school coerced us into this activity. They made us hate running with passion. Although we hated the event, whenever we went for cross country I used to triumph over my friends and always took the first position. This gave me confidence to lead always and others follow. From that time on I usually work hard at every running event to lead. However, at times I find opponents that are smarter than I, but I work hard to get a better position.
When we began this LA Marathon, I never knew that I would make it. First, I assumed that everyone was better than I. That is what my coach usually tells me. From that I managed to fight hard to beat everybody. Towards the first bent the race was tough because everyone was trying to keep distance from his opponent. Quite a number of my fellow opponents were overcome with fatigue and fear little did they know that the pace would slow at some point. Though it was hard, my perseverance enabled me to fight the fatigue away and cling to a clique of opponents that were keeping the pace upfront.
I had learned from the local races I lost that one should always keep the pace upfront. Towards the last bent, I realized that my opponents were completely exhausted and sprinted with agility to victory. Perseverance and hard work enabled me to achieve this. Motivation and advice from my coach also made me to press on despite the tempting fatigue. What I commend is that the only variation existing between performers and failures is not usually talents but persistence. This has made me improve my lifestyle and help others in need in the society.
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