What I learned from the Professionals!
I was so excitied about an American winning the Boston Marathon, when I found out at mile 6 of the 118th Boston Marathon. It gave me the extra push I needed to run with my heart and not legs ( I had just run the London Marathon 7 days before). Shalane’s motivation and determination, and pride, really made me want to push my limits. She was such an inspiration leading up to the Marathon, and her race, I am continually motivated by how human and honest she is. She is a true inspiration to the running community. I recently read this article about Shalane’s Boston Marathon and how it effected another runner, and LOVED it. Some highlights I loved and related to were:
“She performed with determination on her face, power in her gait and love in her heart during the entire 26.2 miles, and the tears she choked back during a post-race presser were enough evidence that this “job” was and is rooted deeper than her Nike contract. I checked a few of her posts on Twitter the days following Boston and recognized the tone of her words. She was healing from a broken heart with her family and friends—something I’ve done many times in the past.”
“Perhaps that’s the magic of being a runner—whether or not you know it, you’re inspiring someone else and helping her across the line.
Shalne, thank you for your continued motivation, and dedication to the sport! You inspire so many!
I also saw this photo on Kara Goucher’s Instagram and feel in love with it. I often, like many runners, but pressure on myself to do the best I can do, every. single. time. And that’s just impossible! We all have bad days, races, months, and seasons, it happens to the best of us, even the professionals. How true is this? You Must Forgive Yourself To Move Forward.
You Must Forgive Yourself To Move Forward.
So when race’s don’t go your way, forgive yourself, move on. When you think you can’t push yourself push yourself a little more, find motivation in the face you are motivating someone else, even if they are thousands of miles away. Celebrate your victories, celebrate your friends victories, huge them when their race goals fail, and cheer them on when they crush goal times. This past weekend a dear friend raced her fasted 10 mile race, and I am beyond thrilled for her. I know that the heart ache of a missed goal time is an immeasurable pain, and the glory from a record set is the redemption we as runners need to push through our next race. So congratulations Jen for pushing through the pain and getting a PR. There will be more goals missed then PRs set in most runners lives, but that’s what makes the PRs and winning so special, they are something we chase and pursue with freezing cold rainy morning runs, and upset stomachs, and black toe nails. The new set records are what keep us going. Keep pushing forward Jen, Kara, Shalane’ and every athlete/ runner out there, there will be heartbreak from missed goal times and races, but we are running, we are moving forward, we are getting closer to our goals everyday!
My dear friend Jen setting a new 10 Miler PR
How did you get over a missed goal?
What Motivated You To Keep Running?