You can hear the bus coming down the road. The rhythmic shuffle. The feet pounding in unison. Sometimes a whistle. Other times a tambourine. The leader shouting out to the runners behind them.
If there’s one thing I love about road races, it’s the buses that pace runners! These angels ensure we run the time we’ve set out to run but also to get us to that finish line. I encountered my first bus during my first Two Oceans half marathon.
A newbie to races and unsure how to pace myself in those final few kilometers, pacesetter Dave took all that stress away and helped me walk and run when I needed to in order to save my energy. He sang songs, told stories and made me believe that the race was in his hands and I didn’t need to worry.
Those last few meters coming up University Drive are still imprinted in my memory when he shouted out to me and others, “You’ve done it! Run like horses to the stables!” LOL
He was right. I have the medal to prove it too.
Hanging with someone who has your back, who only wants you to succeed and gives you the right guidance along the way is something special. In the races, these buses have flags so you can see them.
But it’s worth looking for those “flags” in other areas of your life too. Find those buses in your life, not just on the road.
Find them at work where it’s particularly tough and you need the extra support to reach your goals. Ignore toxic people who have their own agendas.
Find them among your friends, the ones who lift you up and tell you what you need to hear, rather than what you want to hear.
Running this race called life is tough. Jump on those buses and finish your race!