|The first image that comes up in Google Images for "fastest"|
The other day a Facebook friend of mine--a woman I know only because we're both named Terzah--put a question about running apps on the Newsfeed, and I answered it. I then turned to Dan and told him turns out one of the other Terzahs I know is also a runner and isn't that cool?
How many Terzahs are there? I'm not sure, but I'm aware of eight or so others in the USA, many of them part of my family or friends with my family. This particular Facebook Terzah, who is not a relative, is a really impressive person, and her story of how she got the name is much more interesting than mine. I inherited mine from my great-grandmother; as with all inheritances, the jury's still out on whether I'm really worthy of it.
Anyway, when I told him that the other Terzah is a runner, Dan asked this question: "I wonder if you're the fastest Terzah."
We both thought about that. It's a given that I'm not the fastest of much of anything.....there are millions of faster women, faster pushin'-40-year-olds, faster librarians, faster moms of twins, faster graduates of Rice University, faster Boulder County residents, faster people in my family (Dan's 5K personal record from his high school cross country days will probably stand until/if one of the kids decides to run)....I could go on and on.
But you know what? I just might be the fastest Terzah.
I didn't want to seize the title without doing a little research. I started with Athlinks.com. But that didn't turn up any other running Terzahs. I then Googled "terzah run", "terzah 5K" and "terzah marathon." No one came up but me. I admit it wasn't an entirely exhaustive search. But I think I found another privilege that comes with an unusual name, along with easy-to-claim email addresses and priority in Google searches for yourself (my blog is the first hit when you Google "terzah").
So I am staking my claim: I am the fastest Terzah! Anyone out there want to challenge me? Maybe my Facebook friend will.....Hmm, she's a pretty strong person. Maybe I should be frightened.
It's tough here at the top.