Have you heard the term 1k-Hero?
Probably, not, but I am certain that you have met more than a few. They are at every run, and all along the course, but you notice them most when there is just one kilometre to go.
You know – that spot on the course when you are hurting the most, when your brain is convincing you to drop the pace just a little, when the pram feels like it has doubled in weight. These 1k-Heroes appear beside you in that final kilometre and encourage you to keep going, they distract you from your pain, and they keep you moving when you want to slow down.
There is almost always some conversation, some encouragement, some banter back and forth, and more often than not a light-hearted sprint finish. It seems to me that PBs spring up when 1k-heroes are around.
My friend just finished the Tamworth parkrun and was telling me all about her 1k-Hero, it is funny how much you can chat as you encourage each other to finish strong.
I ran with a pair of 1k-Heroes a few weeks ago, I was slowing down and hopes of a PB were slipping away, and then the first 1k-Hero caught me, I knew all I had to do was stick with him to the end, so I did. We collected another runner and the three of us encouraged each other to the finish chute.
How many PBs do you owe to a 1k-Hero?
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