A few thoughts from my 5 hour trail run yesterday:
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Once an athlete, always an athlete! Even when we age, it’s in the blood and almost impossible to ignore – No matter the results. There is no denying the calling inside.
I run because of given a gift to personally challenging myself to limits most will never experience. Running is simple, natural, and personnel on many levels. A cornerstone of balance for the sometimes complicated, busy, and convenient life with integrated electronic distraction!
I don’t compare myself to the next person, and gladly support them knowing what they too are battling within. It is who we are, and what we do. We like to push our limits knowing we have more. Even when we PB, or PR; for 1 mile or 100 miles, it’s still not enough. The question still lingers, what could I really do if all things perfect. We strive for excellence, knowing we will never achieve it. The fight of the battle, what can I do better, not wanting to disappoint one self’s high expectations. Even when taken some downtime, thinking maybe the fight is gone, to only awaking to a new day with a new untested challenge that draws us in like gravity with an undeniable thirst.
Does it ever end? Is everyone like this? Maybe only a small percentage feels this way, but it’s real, for those in the grandstand to watch and wonder why. All this to say, I’d rather be on the field playing then watching from a distance, no matter how old I am, the conditions, or the outcome!
Don’t ignore who you are, or what you can do. Don’t accept limits others place on themselves, knowing you are capable of so much more. Show compassion, be humble, support like no other have seen before. But don’t make this an excuse from your ability to lead and find your own limits, for you might be cutting short your natural gift. Stop pretending, stop existing, and start living. It’s great to feel alive!
A few thoughts from within, which you never hear, but hopefully see and experience!