Greetings from Los Angeles, Ca. It seems this week I have a lot of friends racing in all parts of the world. My dear friends Naki and Seville out in France. Chelsea running over at the Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans and a huge number of friends all running on Superbowl Sunday (GO Giants) at the Surf City Half Marathon and Marathon here in California.
A lot of you are gunning for your PR’s and I am eagerly anticipating what happens out there with those going for it. While some of you are getting some great runs in preparation for your long-term goals such as a full marathon or ultra marathon. Races are a great platform to test yourself and get familiar with how you race.
BUT whatever happens out there, keep your head up and enjoy the journey. A lot of runners put a lot of pressure on themselves and when they come up short they really have a hard time and get down. And that’s ok, I get it. But the reality is you did something amazing, you ran 13.1 miles or 26.2. It’s a huge accomplishment each time you run and each time you run will always have a different journey. The finish line is the true PR because each race will always present itself with a new set of challenges and overcoming those challenges helps you to grow and learn something new about yourself that you didn’t previously know. The finish line is where dreams come true. Whatever happens out there keep your head up.
Some Journeys are made from the clouds and the heavens. You get out to the start and right from the beginning you feel great and just have this great race where everything comes together. It’s almost as if the planets and stars were arranged perfectly. You get your PR, your medal and its one of the greatest days. Been there, they are the best.
And then those are those journeys where everything went right into the race but something just didn’t click and you have the race where you crumble. Been there as well. Its ok and that is racing. Just some things you can’t explain. The faster you put it behind you the faster you can start getting back on the right track to another race.
But for those of you racing this week, remember if you are in striking distance of that goal or PR, it’s about if you are willing to hurt and struggle to get that goal? Are you willing to hurt the most? Thats what racing is. It is about HOW MUCH YOU CAN TAKE AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD. That moment will come in your race and present itself and you will have the choice. What do you have to lose?
And such is life isn’t it? Life is about how much you can take and keep moving forward. Some people fall but it is the ones who get up and keep going no matter how much things hurt or how hard things are that will be successful.
Each day when you live and go about your day, each day when you lace up for a race, what matters most is that moment when you get home and sit down and kick off your shoes. Those shoes whether they are work shoes or running shoes, you want to know at that moment when you kick them off that you gave everything you could in that day or that race. When you can kick off those shoes you never want to have feelings like, “I should have done that or done this” You want to know you gave it all with zero regrets. That is running and that is life.
To all my friends running this weekend, enjoy the journey in running and life. You are all winners when you line up at the start line. Push your limits!