In the running lexicon, the word "Penguin" has come to mean a person who runs more for the joy of running than for recongition and public rewards. Some have even become perpetual Penguins, consumed by the pleasure of movement.
Some Penguins find joy in reaching their own potential, whatever that is. For some, me included, it means running the "Boston Marathon", the only U.S. marathon that has qualifying standards. For some, it means finding an independence and freedom in their daily runs that expands their limits.
John Bingham coined the term "Penguin" and inspried hundreds of thousands of men and women to run for fun, fitness and self-affirmation. John Bingham, once an overweight couch potato with a glut of bad habits including smoking and drinking, at the age of 43 looked mid-life in the face and started running. Since then he has run 40 marathons, hundreds of 5K and 10K races and written 4 books on running.
I started running in 2007 at the age of 48 and so far have lost 60 pounds. Can I be an athlete? yes. Does this make me a Penguin? You bet.
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." , John Bingham