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, distance is relative. If a 5K is your milestone, then it will be a long race. I have a friend who runs the 100 mile races.
I think he’s partially crazy. For him – he set a goal, he worked for it. He’s achieving it.
Good for him. I’ll stick to thinking 8 miles is a good average stretch distance.
One thing I’ve learned, however, if you’re pushing yourself, at some point along the race, you’ll struggle. It will go from being “fun” to being a challenge. Ask any serious runner.
I’ve also discovered – and this is the good part – 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 – at the point of greatest struggle.
I think you’ll find these very life and leadership applicable.
Run any distance race and you’ll hear people express 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, here’s something else I’ve observed.
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 a trashcan nearby.
The completion of a dream – a goal – a challenge – feels great after crossing the finish line.
Have you been ready to give up a dream?
Are you fearing the next steps?
Do you feel in over your head?
Are you afraid? In pain? Having to stretch yourself simply to keep going?
Often you simply need a little motivation – a little push. I’ve experienced one brief prayer give me the strength to keep going. Whatever it takes – don’t quit too soon! You don’t want to miss the thrill of crossing the finish line. No one can take that thrill away from you.