Catch Phrases Heard On the Way to the Finish Line

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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!

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8 thoughts on “Catch Phrases Heard On the Way to the Finish Line

  1. A friend I run with uses this expression; "It's not that I enjoy running…But that I enjoy HAVING run." That's a perspective that can apply to many areas of life. Sometimes the journey is hard. But if we stick to it, we'll enjoy HAVING taken the journey

  2. I remember my first and only 1/2 marathon… it was a killer but I sure did have the thrill of victory when I crossed the finish line. I still run today but the body doesn't cooperate like it used too. It's not always where you finish that counts; it's just finishing the race that truly matters. Our faith is a lot like running… it's not whether you placed; but did you finish what you started; did you put your heart & soul into the moment! Always enjoy your post… when I get a chance to read them! Take care brother Ron!