This was last week, at the Metropolitan Championship race. This took place at Van Cortlandt park and I ran an 18:48 for the 5k course and placed sixth in the race. Lots of hills, lots of pain, lots of reasons to want to give up, but I have worked far too hard and trained far too much to ever let doubt come into the plans I have set for myself.
Today we ran the course at Lafayette College, a 6k course with many hills that I did not anticipate. I ran a 22:58 and placed first in the race.
I am not one who likes to talk about my stats. I don’t like to openly talk about how I do unless directly asked or questioned about my performances and PRs, etc, but on here I like to document my journey, my progress, and I love sharing my stories with you all because I love hearing all of your successes as well.
Running has changed my life. It has also brought me to some of the most amazing people and memories I could have ever asked for.
I was hurting so bad in the race today, but I got on that line right before the gun went off and said to myself, “I am going to win this race today.” Don’t ask me why I decided this for myself, I just wanted it so bad.
There is no better feeling than coming down that straightaway finish knowing you did everything you could have possibly done, giving every bit of effort from your body and your soul, and seeing the time on that clock that you wanted, all the pain you felt during that race suddenly disappears, because you realize it was worth every minute.
There are so many excuses and reasons we can tell ourselves we will fail, but it is up to us to tell ourselves why we were born and made to succeed. You train to run. Run this race because you LOVE to do it. Run because you CAN. You are capable, you have working legs, a healthy heart, a strong mind, an incredible body made to carry you through obstacles.
Running is so much more than just moving along with two legs. It is a way of life. It is the amazing feeling of soreness and hunger after you accomplished a goal. It is seeing your times decrease because of the choice to wake up every morning and train. It is seeing your teammates happy, seeing your coach smile, treating your body and soul with the utmost respect. It is doing the things you have to do, even when you may not feel like always doing them.