For me

Source of inspiration:

Guidelines:  This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, no serial (continuation) stories.

Image source:  Etol Bagam

I am at halfway.  There is no other racer in sight.  They had probably all finished while I still lumbered on.  This had never been my idea, to enter this silly race, to somehow prove through it, that I was still young and as fit as ever.

Halfway was a crossroads of sorts.  Equal distance between turning back and hiding my shame of coming last or to keep going forward and finish where there might be other racers that cheered my perseverance or mocked my slowness.

I started racing for the wrong reasons but I will finish for the right one.  I am not as young or as fit but I sure as heck am still as strong willed as ever.

No one else might see me finish, slowly crossing that finish line.  But I don’t need them to.  I am doing this for me.  The only one I am in competition with is my own understanding of who I am in this moment and who I was in the past.

(171 words not including the title or source information)





  1. Nice. I once had that experience of getting halfway and struggle about goi9ng on or coming back. I wasn’t the last one to cross the line, but one of them… But I still finished it and felt proud of it!


  2. Great story. I have never enjoyed running. Probably because I am very slow runner. My Dad enjoys it though. And he does it for the same reasons as your character, a competition against yourself to finish and get the best time he can. Well written.


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