I am a runner. I mostly run just for my personal health and pleasure, but I’ve run in quite a few races. I’ve even run a marathon and numerous half marathons. I’ve learned, however, that distance is relative. If a 5K is your milestone, that’s a long race. I have a friend who runs the 100 mile races. Crazy.
One thing I’ve learned, however, is that, if you’re pushing yourself, at some point along the race, you’ll struggle. It will go from being “fun” to being a challenge. I’ve also discovered that without those stretching moments, there wouldn’t be near as much thrill of crossing the finish line.
Here’s something else I’ve observed. There’s a common language among those struggling the most.
Run any distance race and you’ll hear the frustration out loud.
I’ve heard things like:
- I can’t do this.
- This is harder than I thought.
- I’m not a runner.
- Why did I sign up for this?
- This is crazy.
- I’m never doing another one of these.
- I’m in pain.
But, I’ve never met a runner, who crossed the finish line, who didn’t receive the thrill of victory…even if it was only after they threw up in the trashcan nearby.
The completion of a dream…a goal…a challenge…feels great after the finish line.
Are you ready to give up the dream?
Don’t quit too soon. You don’t want to miss what’s next!