My sweet friend Kim and I affectionately call ourselves the Turtles. We have run several races together and well, to use the word "race" and "Kirsten and Kim" in the same sentence is quite comical!
We are SLLLLOOOOWWWW! Crazy slow.
In fact, my husband often jokes that I could walk faster than I run. And little known fact, I do walk very fast...no matter where I go. I think I have just one speed. And if you call that speed 'walking' ~ it's fast. If you call the speed 'running' ~ it's slow.
I have known Kim for about 20 years. Over the past several, we have given each other little turtle things ~ turtle earrings, bracelets, etc. One year she got socks with turtles on them and we wore them during the Nashville Half-Marathon....and some lady asked if we were turtles.
I excitedly said, "Why, yes, we are!!" She then asked me, "What's the phrase?" I looked at her a little confused and said, "Turtle Power!" It was the only thing I could think of. She immediately dismissed me and said, "you're not a real turtle!"
I kid you not! We laughed at least another three miles about her elitist little "secret turtle club"!!
Kim and I met while working together at Sandestin Resort in Florida many moons ago and I am so blessed to still call her friend. Lucky girl she still gets to live there, so on her birthday this year, I made her a little sea turtle to represent our slow running and our steady friendship!
I even wrote underneath the final canvas, as I often do, little messages to her. This one says "slow and steady wins the race".
So in honor of my friend who happily "races" with me at my pace....Turtle power!